The discussion continues about the nature of an inner life and giving up attachments. BG 5.22-5.25
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Abbreviations used in these notes: BG for Bhagavad Gita
An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kuntī, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.
Before giving up this present body, if one is able to tolerate the urges of the material senses and check the force of desire and anger, he is well situated and is happy in this world.
One whose happiness is within, who is active and rejoices within, and whose aim is inward is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme.
Those who are beyond the dualities that arise from doubts, whose minds are engaged within, who are always busy working for the welfare of all living beings and who are free from all sins achieve liberation in the Supreme.
BG 2.59 – Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.
Anta – The end or the goal (Vedanta = the conclusion of the Vedas)
Buddha – Generally: one who possesses knowledge (buddhi), from the root budh: to awaken.
Dristva – A vision or perception, either visual or intuitive
Dukha – Mental or physical distress
Param – Superior, higher (sometimes highest: paramanu = sweet rice, the highest or best dessert)
Samsara – Cycle of birth and death
Sisya – Disciple. One who voluntarily submits to discipline in spiritual life
Sukha – Mental or physical comfort
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