“When a man surrenders all desires that come to the heart and by the grace of God finds the joy of God, then his soul has indeed found peace.
He whose mind is untroubled by sorrows, and for pleasures he has no longings, beyond passion, and fear and anger, he is the sage of unwavering mind.
Who everywhere is free from all ties, who neither rejoices nor sorrows if fortune is good or is ill, his is a serene wisdom.
When in recollection he withdraws all his senses from the attractions of the pleasures of sense, even as a tortoise withdraws all its limbs, then his is a serene wisdom.
Pleasures of sense, but not desires, disappear from the austere soul. Even desires disappear when the soul has seen the Supreme.
The restless violence of the senses impetuously carries away the mind of even a wise man striving towards perfection.
Bringing them all into the harmony of recollection, let him sit in devotion and union, his soul finding rest in me. For when his sense are in harmony, then his is a serene wisdom.
When a man dwells on the pleasures of sense, attraction for them arises in him. From attraction arises desire, the lust of possession, and this leads to passion, anger.
From passion comes confusion of mind, then loss of remembrance, the forgetting of duty. From this loss comes the ruin of reason, and the ruin of reason leads man to destruction.
But the soul that moves in the world of the senses and yet keeps the senses in harmony, free from attraction and aversion, finds rest in quietness.
In this quietness falls down the burden of all her sorrows, for when the heart has found quietness, wisdom has also found peace.
There is no wisdom for a man without harmony, and without harmony there is no contemplation. Without contemplation there cannot be peace, and without peace can there be joy?
For when the mind becomes bound to the passion of the wandering senses, this passion carries away man’s wisdom, even as the wind drives a vessel on the waves.
The man who therefore in recollection withdraws his senses from the pleasures of sense, his is a serene wisdom.
In the dark night or all beings awakes to Light the tranquil man. But what is day to other beings is night for the sage who sees.
Even as all waters flow into the ocean, but the ocean never overflows, even so the sage feels desires, be he is ever one in his infinite peace.
For the man who forsakes all desires and abandons all pride of possession and of self reaches the goal of peace supreme.
This is the Eternal in man, O Arjuna. Reaching him all delusion is gone. Even in the last hour of his life upon earth, man can reach the Nirvana of Brahman – man can find peace in the peace of his God.”