Equanimity In The Gita

The fundamental goal of the Gita is for man to attain the state of equanimity. If one has attained the realization of the Supreme, the symptom for this is to see whether the individual is equanimous under all situations or conditions of life. No amount of spiritual experience can vouch for God-realization, but the attainment of equanimity does qualify the God-realized state of the individual. In all the paths of Yoga namely Karma, Jnana and Bhakti, attainment of equanimity is the underlying tenet.  It has been regarded as a distinguishing mark of those who have realized God through any or combination of the three paths. Divorced from equanimity, even spiritual practice becomes deficient, much more, even Self or God Realization. One who is balanced in joy and sorrow is equanimous. One has to maintain the balance of his mind, not being swayed by emotions on the path of one’s duties and responsibilities. Even through the emotional path of Devotion to the Lord, it is expected that the sadhaka or the spiritual practitioner is reasonable. A devotee, who expects the Lord to do all his work for him, is not equanimous. Such a devotee, is not a devotee in the first place. In the name of devotion the so called practitioner becomes unreasonable in his demands. Thus one should guard oneself as one follows the path of Yoga. Following are the excerpts from the Gita, where equanimity is described as an aspect of one’s life, especially when a person is seeking perfection in one’s life-time.

(1) Even-mindedness in general (Chapter 6, verse 9)

“He who looks upon well-wishers and neutrals as well as mediators, friends, foes, relatives, objects of hatred, virtuous and sinful with the same eye stands supreme.”

(2)Even-minded towards men and animals (Chapter 5, verse 18)

“The wise look with the same eye on a Brahmin endowed with learning and culture, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a fallen one”

(3) Even-mindedness towards all beings (Chapter 6 Verse 32)

“Arjuna, he who looks on all as one, as his own self, looks upon the joy and sorrow of all with a similar eye, such a Yogi is deemed as the highest of all.”

Chapter (12 verse 18)

“He who is alike to friend and foe, as well as to honor and dishonor, who remains balanced in heat and cold, pleasure and pain and other pairs of opposites and is free from all types of attachment is verily dear to me.”

Equanimity and the pseudo-liberal socialistic world

There is a world of difference between the equanimity highlighted by the Gita and the doctrine of the so-called equality preached in the socialistic world. Modern socialism is anti-theistic and pseudo-liberal. What modern socialism preaches is very much against principles that stand for truth and equality. It aims to uproot the faith system which endangers the socialistic system which is anti-god that feeds on lies and hypocrisy. Modern socialism is based on the dictum of freeing oneself from all principles and doing whatever one wants, in the name of freedom, such that it suits one’s selfish narrative. Socialism talks about freeing man from the principles that are the very basis of life. The goal of such a system is utterly selfish, self-centered and demeans the very source of our existence. The Gita, on the other-hand encourages the common man to research truth and take to the means of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti to attain Truth. When one progresses on the path of Truth, automatically one becomes equanimous. Equanimity is not a goal in itself but a symptom that appears when one has grasped or realized the truth behind the workings of the world. Socialism is designed to uproot Dharma, while the Equanimity of the Gita represents the zenith of Dharma. In the socialistic order, disorder is the basis, where one hogs place only for oneself through deceit and lies. It attempts to displace others by resorting to unfair means. On the other hand the equanimity of the Gita is attained through self-surrender and care for the Self which includes all beings of the universe. There can be no comparison of socialistic equality, which is a farce and; the equanimity of the Gita, which is the very basis of spotless character.

In the pseudo-liberal socialistic setup there is tremendous emphasis on external behaviour, sophisticated behaviour cults that are adopted to cheat the innocent. In the Gita, there is an emphasis on the spirit, cutting asunder all false conceptions of superiority and inferiority with dependence on elevated principles of truth, where Truth is the only goal, completely devoid of bias which is the basis for equanimity. In the socialistic order material abundance through any means becomes a matter of concern while the equanimity principle of the Gita aims at spiritual balance and joy born out of pure conscience. In the socialistic order they talk about tolerance and intolerance. On the other hand, the Gita talks about raising consciousness such that equanimity is attained; there is no prejudice and everyone is treated according to their merit.

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