Signs of People in Divine Consciousness
In today’s world, we find suffering, anxiety, stress, fear, etc. No one of us can deny this fact. Every one of us is trying to find happiness, and trying to find happiness in different objects be it real or virtual. However, the things that give us happiness today may not give us the same feeling after some time. Therefore, we need to inculcate some characteristics that will help us to remain unaffected from the outside conditions and stay satisfied within.
In this article, we will try to find out how to remain unaffected by the external factors from some verses of the Bhagavad Gita.
References from Bhagavad Gita
In the battle of Mahabharata, Arjuna was also suffering from anxiety, stress, etc. seeing his kinsmen on the battlefield standing in front of him. He was shivering, his bow, Gandiva was slipping down, and his senses were drying and what not. One can imagine what a person can feel seeing his relatives fighting against him.
Seeing this situation, Krishna gave him the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita. In the initial chapters of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna asks him to remain unaffected by situating his consciousness in divinity. To this Arjuna asks Him, the characteristics of a person situated in divine consciousness.
sthita-prajñasya kā bhāṣā samādhi-sthasya keśava
sthita-dhīḥ kiṁ prabhāṣeta kim āsīta vrajeta kim – BG 2.54
Translation: Arjuna said: O Kṛṣṇa, what are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?
Now by the questions, how he speaks, what is his language, etc., Arjuna means the following:
- What are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is merged in transcendence? – What is the overall nature of the person in divine consciousness?
- How does he speak? – What is his reaction in provoking situations?
- What is his Language? – How does he express himself?
- How does he sit, and how does he walk? – How does he engage his senses on sense objects
Krishna answers the four questions in the upcoming verses. He addresses the questions in a very systematically and scientific way. Let us check what does the Lord answers.
prajahāti yadā kāmān sarvān pārtha mano-gatān
ātmany evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ sthita-prajñas tadocyate – BG 2.55
Translation: The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Pārtha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.
In this verse, Lord Krishna gives an overview of what a person in divine conscious is. In the next verses, a detailed description of characteristics is given.
duḥkheṣv anudvigna-manāḥ sukheṣu vigata-spṛhaḥ
vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhaḥ sthita-dhīr munir ucyate – BG 2.56
Translation: One who is not disturbed in mind even amidst the threefold miseries or elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.
Therefore, we find how a person in divine consciousness acts. The person is free from any kind of attachment be it friends or family or some object. He is free from the fear of losing something, he is not afraid of the upcoming future. He is free from anger and thus in this way, he is free from the external conditions and situated in self.
Now, He answers the next question in the next verse.
yaḥ sarvatrānabhisnehas tat tat prāpya śubhāśubham
nābhinandati na dveṣṭi tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā – BG 2.57
Translation: In the material world, one who is unaffected by whatever good or evil he may obtain, neither praising it nor despising it, is firmly fixed in perfect knowledge.
Therefore, here is how a person in divine consciousness responds. The person is unaffected by the results of his actions; he is neither praising the good results nor despising the bad results. This means he is stable in both the situations; he is neither partying like wild in success nor getting drunk in failures. Moreover, he is unaffected by good or evil. He sees both good and bad persons as the part and parcel of God and does not differentiate.
Thereafter, the Lord answers the last question of Arjuna.
yadā saṁharate cāyaṁ kūrmo ’ṅgānīva sarvaśaḥ
indriyāṇīndriyārthebhyas tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā – BG 2.58
Translation: One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell, is firmly fixed in perfect consciousness.
In this verse, we find how does a person in divine consciousness engages his senses in sense objects. Krishna says, the person keeps a respectful distance from the sense objects. Like, if he eats, he honours himself Prasadam only. If he desires to see something beautiful, it is the beautiful form of the Lord. If he desires to speak, it is sweet past times of the Lord, or he if he desires to hear, he hears the past times and holy names of the Lord. This is how he engages his senses in various sense objects. Obviously, this does not mean, he does nothing except the above listed activities. What he does, he does in Krishna consciousness.
Thus, we came to know the characteristics of a person in divine consciousness. If you like to know, how we can reach to the same state, it will be published in the upcoming articles soon.
I hope the readers have benefitted themselves reading the article.
Thank You for reading the article. The above translations and purports are taken from Bhagavad Gita as it is by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna.
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