Essays on the Gita -Sri Aurobindo
First Series : Chapter 19
The pure philosopher, the thinker, the born sage not only re- lies upon the sattwic principle in him as his ultimate justification, but uses it from the beginning as his instrument of self-mastery. He starts from the sattwic equality. He too observes the transitoriness of the material and external world and its failure to satisfy the desires or to give the true delight, but this causes in him no grief, fear or disappointment. He observes all with an eye of tranquil discernment and makes his choice without repulsion or perplexity. “The enjoyments born of the touches of things are causes of sorrow, they have a beginning and an end; therefore the sage, the man of awakened understanding, budhah. , does not place his delight in these.” “The self in him is unattached to the touches of external things; he finds his happiness in himself.” He sees, as the Gita puts it, that he is himself his own enemy and his own friend, and therefore he takes care not to dethrone himself by casting his being into the hands of desire and passion, natma nam avasadayet, but delivers himself out of that imprisonment by his own inner power, uddhared a tmana tmanam; for whoever has conquered his lower self, finds in his higher self his best friend and ally.
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