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As the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell (Chapter 2 Text 58)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 19, 2012
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                                        TEXT 58


                                                           yada samharate cayam
                                                          kurmo 'nganiva sarvasah
                                                          tasya prajna pratisthita


      yada--when; samharate--winds up; ca--also; ayam--all these; kurmah--tortoise; angani--limbs; iva--like; sarvasah--altogether; indriyani--
      senses; indriya-arthebhyah--from the sense objects; tasya--his; prajna--consciousness; pratisthita--fixed up.


      One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell, is to be understood as truly
      situated in knowledge.


      The test of a yogi, devotee, or self-realized soul is that he is able to control the senses according to his plan. Most people, however, are servants of the senses and are thus directed by the dictation of the senses. That is the answer to the question as to how the yogi is situated. The senses are compared to venomous  serpents. They want to act very loosely and without restriction. The yogi, or the devotee, must be very strong to control the serpents--like a snake charmer. He
      never allows them to act independently.

      There are many injunctions in the revealed scriptures; some of them are do-not's, and some of them are do's. Unless one is able to follow the do's and the do-not's,
      restricting oneself from sense enjoyment, it is not possible to be firmly fixed in Krsna consciousness. The best example, set herein, is the tortoise. The tortoise can at any moment wind up his senses and exhibit them again at any time for particular purposes. Similarly, the senses of the Krsna conscious persons are used only for some particular purpose in the service of the Lord and are withdrawn otherwise. Keeping the senses always in the service of the Lord is the example set by the analogy of the tortoise, who keeps the senses within.

      : Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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