If you’re on the spiritual yoga party line you will have heard that you should strive to not have attachments. But I’ll bet you haven’t heard that it isn’t you that is attached, but your senses. They are the culprits, not you. They’re the ones that throw out a line like the fishers they are, latching on to something and getting you all excited about what they’ve caught. And then you get attached to having (or keeping) these things.
Well, you can always ignore them instead of wanting them and trying to figure out how to get them for yourself. We have learned that the outcome of chasing these things is that it revs up your mental energy and causes the mind to become turbulent, making deeper states of meditation and samadhi impossible. So watch the show, but don’t take a role in the play.
Bhagavad Gita, chapter two, verse 64-65
Set free from the attractions of the mighty force of the wandering senses by having oneself employed self-submission, one obtains serenity. (64)
In tranquillity the cessation of all sorrows is born. For the tranquil-minded the intelligence definitely becomes steady immediately. (65)
With the elimination of like and dislike, even though engaging the objects of the senses, one who is susceptible of control by the self by self-restraint attains serenity. (64)
In serenity one finds the cessation of all miseries. For this happy-minded person, the mind definitely becomes steady quickly, and one’s wisdom not only stands firm, but is at its highest. (65)
“Having oneself employed self-submission”
In other words, we submit ourselves by our own choice, to God. Because of this surrender, we are no longer at the mercy of the senses because now we are not involved—we have turned everything over to God.
Only one who is ready to give up control can manage this surrender. But one can practice it in meditation where it can be done fearlessly, and soon it will become familiar and easy. By this means, one comes to the lovely experience of what it is like to be in this surrendered state, and not at the mercy of the many attractions ‘out there’ that cause us to become entangled and the mind too ‘busy’ to settle down. And the more this is experienced, the more easily it comes.
By this means, “even though engaging the objects of the senses,” we are free from the domination of the senses themselves. This is a reference to a stage of yoga in which objects are engaged by the sense faculties but not the sense organs, as one perceives sights, sounds, etc., while viewing and experiencing the higher realms directly.
The sense faculties are your powers of perception. The sense organs are physical manifestations of these powers. The faculties and the organs become separated from each other when the attention and life energy (prana) become withdrawn—the sense faculties disengage from their corresponding organs (pratyahara)—and concentrated in one place (dharana) to bring about the meditative state (dhyana) and samadhi (equanimity).
After some experience with this, freedom from the domination of the senses begins to spill over into ordinary states outside of meditation. We begin to lose our strong attachments to the things of this world. By this detachment a peaceful mind and tranquillity are achieved. It is the secret to happiness.
It is easy to be happy and serene when we’re not miserable. How can there be anything but happiness in this state, where turbulence of the mind, longings and sorrows have departed? Even though the senses are engaged with objects of sense, control is in the hands of God, restraint is automatically achieved, and serenity naturally follows. What could be simpler?
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