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Resolved SAADHANA on EQUIPOISE

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  1. Nagarajan
  2. Master Gita Master Life
  3. 02 March 2019
I find it difficult to keep equipoise ( 2nd week Sadhana). Any tips on this ?
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  1. Nandini
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #27
Hari Om! Equipoise is definitely my goal, but I have got to traverse a long distance ! Though it is difficult, I would like to try in small ways and begin the process.
  1. Mahavir
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #32
Verse on equipoise says - "having made pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat engage in battle for the sake of the battle-thus you shall not incur sin"
Arjuna's Svadharma was that of a kshatriya which is to do battle. Like that I have to find out what is Svadharma for me and do that for the sake of doing it and not for pleasure/gain/victory etc. -- It will inevitably lead to knowledge of Self (starting with - am I a Kshatriya? Regardless, I am not the doer as per earlier verses! ) - That in turn will lead to equipoise since it is pursuit of higher
  1. Manohar
  2. 3 months ago
  3. #55
Hari Om. The explanation of Karma Yoga in yesterday's (Day 3 2.47 & 2.48) lecture gave lot of points to maintain equipoise. I will summarize the points and reply to this question.
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In V.41 Swamiji had explained, that when actions are performed as worship to the Lord and not for selfish ego-centric reasons then this attitude is Iswara Arpana Buddhi and then the results of those actions are received as Prasada Buddhi which means attitude of equanimity and acceptance. To have equipoise, one must cultivate the Karma Yoga attitude.

In V.45, Swamiji gave tips to become desireless. This verse also talks about mental equanimity in these 4 ways.
1. Nir dwandwa – If you rise above the pairs of opposites then it leads to equanimity. This is achieved by just doing what you have to do.
2. Nitya sattwa stha – Be firmly rooted in performing actions in the Karma Yoga spirit
3. Nir Yoga Kshema – Let the mind not get carried away in acquiring - yoga and preserving - Kshema. All our actions are motivated by Selfish desires to acquire and then having done so, efforts are expended in maintaining and preserving it. If we renounced these two then the restlessness and sorrow comes down.
4. Atmavan – Keep the mind on the Highest Self. By doing so, our identity with our ego reduces and thereby suffering is reduced.

In V.48, Yoga is defined as ‘Samtvam Yoga Uchyate’ – Evenness of mind is Yoga. If we do our actions to perfection with the Karma Yoga attitude, then automatically we drop the attachments to the false expectations, insisting on particular results, anxieties while doing actions or getting results, fears about future etc. This results in equipoise.

Lastly, the result of doing actions with equipoise is detailed in V.50, which says that both papa and punya end with Karma Yoga and no new births will be taken. Then Yoga basically changes the nature of action from binding to liberating and that is called ‘Yoga Karmasu Kausalam’ or ‘Dexterity in Action’.

One caution given is that to maintain equipoise it doesn’t mean not doing work and avoiding situations where we can lose equanimity but working with the right attitude and with dexterity in our actions.
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I can't say that I know the answer, but for me luckily recently the company or the people I interact with have been nice, so easy for me to remain in equipose. Maybe when possible try to interact with only calm people till you learn how to interact with all people.

My issue is the sorrow, and not being sad, based on my past experiences and my own version of how someone hurt me. I guess maybe I owed them something that is why they hurt me, but I am trying to work on that, the not feeling sad, it has been hard.
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