When meditation is mastered, the mind is
unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a
windless place. In the still mind, in the
depths of meditation, the eternal Self
reveals itself. Beholding the Self by means
of the Self, an aspirant knows the joy and
peace of complete fulfillment. Having attained
that abiding joy beyond the senses, revealed in
the stilled mind, he never swerves from the
central truth. He desires nothing else, and
cannot be shaken by the heaviest burden of sorrow.
The practice of meditation frees one from all
affliction. This is the path of yoga. Follow
it with determination and sustained enthusiasm.
Renouncing wholeheartedly all selfish desires
and expectations, use your will to control the sens
es. Little by little, through patience and
repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.
Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse
in its search for satisfaction without, lead it
within; train it to rest in the Self. Abiding
joy comes to those who still the mind. Freeing
themselves from the taint of self-will, with
their consciousness unified, they become one with God.
Bhagavad Gita 6.16-27
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