Desiring to acquire the internal marks
of an accomplished yogi,
Arjuna selects one of his prized arrows
and presents it to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
Inspecting the narrowness of this arrow,
Bhagavan Sri Krishna makes the following remarks.
Preparing yourself to unite
your mind with My Mind,
first understand the nature of the mind.
When dualistically directed,
the mind is unable to listen
to the will of My Higher Power.
However, when the mind
no longer acts against its own Ultimate Welfare,
the mind is as good a friend as the Sun and Moon is to the Earth.
Shooting the arrow of your consciousness
into the target of Brahman,
you will surely be able to see Me
wherever you are and in whomever you are with.
The Self-Realized yogi never forgets
Who I Am in My Totality.
I, in return, never forget in whom I Am Situated.
Treating the healthy and the sick,
rich and poor, friendly and envious
as aspects of My Totality,
the mind is conquered and remains
as steady in Samadhi as a burning candle in a windless place.
Equally disposed to all,
the Self-Realized yogi eagerly concentrates
on the Self within every Self.
Thinking of the disposition
of most disciple's minds,
Arjuna poses the following
question to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
How can I be able to maintain
such a deep level of Samadhi
when the mind strongly opposes
the presence of Your Love?
Without holding onto You
as my Life and Soul,
the mind desperately swings
from one duality to the next.
Bhagavan Sri Krishna,
deciding to soothe Arjuna's aching mind,
places the arrow that was given to Him
back into Arjuna's hands.
Solely by constant remembrance
of Who I Am can the mind be stilled
and re-stilled as many times as you desire.
Those who bask in the rays of Samadhi
know that the mind is most easily subdued
by placing all of their faith and love towards My Lotus Feet.
It is not they who have perfectly renounced the world
and all of its accompanying duties
who have become accomplished yogis
but they who do not doubt My Cosmic Love for all of Creation.
Joined at the root of My Heart,
you are the topmost yogi
for you believe in My Glories
despite having to deal with the incessant turbulence of the mind.
(See Ch.6 for the next segment of this enlightening teaching)