Qualities of saintly persons – 8

om sri gurave namah

Arjuna asks Lord Krishna to explain to him the characteristics of one who is situated in transcendental consciousness. In response, Krishna mentions different such characteristics.

[These verses are in Chapter 2 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.]

[54] Arjuna said: O Krishna, what are the signs of one absorbed in transcendental consciousness? How does one steadfast in spiritual consciousness talk? How does he sit? And how does he walk?

[55] Lord Krishna said: O Arjuna, when one gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when one’s mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, such a person is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.

[56] One who remains undisturbed in distress, is unattached/passive when joyous events occurs, is free from attachment, fear and anger, is said to be a sage of steady mind.

[57] One who is without any attachment, and neither rejoices or curses on obtaining good or evil, is said to be firmly situated in perfect knowledge.

[58] One who completely withdraws his senses from the sense objects, just like a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, is said to be in perfect knowledge.

Here are the verses in Samskritam:


Here is the transliteration:

[54]arjuna uvāca
sthitaprajñasya bhāshā
samādhisthasya keśava
sthitadhīkiḿ prabhāsheta
kim āsīta vrajeta kim

[55]śrībhagavān uvāca
prajahāti yadā kāmān
sarvān pārtha manogatān
ātmany evātmanā tushtah
sthita-prajñas tadocyate

[56]duhkheshv anudvignamanāh
sukheshu vigatasprhah
sthita-dhīr munir ucyate

[57]yah sarvatrānabhisnehas
tat tat prāpya śubhāśubham
nābhinandati na dveshti
tasya prajñā pratishthitā

[58]yadā saḿharate cāyaḿ
kūrmo ‘ńgānīva sarvaśah
tasya prajñā pratishthitā

[I took material for the above from here, here, and elsewhere on the Internet.]


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