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  1. Mahavir
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What is the difference between Samatvam (equipoise) and Chitta Shuddhi (purity of mind)?

Test of karma Yoga is said to Samttvam but result of karma Yoga is also Chitta Shuddhi

Is it possible for a seeker to have one but not the other? If so what is necessary to go from one to the other?
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Chitta suddhi is sadhaka avastha.Samatvam is siddha avastha.jeevanmukta or gunateeta or stitha pragna.first chittasuddi has to come.Chittasuddi is purity of mind .no kama,krodha,moha,mada, matsarya etc.Samatvam is equanimity of the mind.That is dissolving the mind.One can have purity of the mind.But still the mind is there.He will react to

joys and sorrows etc.Unless you have purity of mind one cannot reach equanimity of he mind.So first chitta suddhi and then only samatvam.
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Hari Om!

Chitta Shuddhi is the effect of Karma Yoga on the mind and Samatvam is the characteristic of a person possessing perfectly pure mind (so much alliteration). Initially there might be some Chitta Shuddhi but to have Samatvam more sadhana is needed.

The mind can be thought of like a mirror. The mirror may be initially covered with layers of dust, grease and discoloration and its presence may be hard to notice.

The cleaning process (Karma Yoga) reveals the presence of mirror (Chitta Shuddhi) to the cleaner (sadhak). Still it may not be enough to show the image of person. At this stage, the cleaner employs other finer methods (Shravana, Manana) to remove persistent dust and grime from the top of mirror. This reveals or reflects some more of reflection.

However there might be discoloration of the mirror (Vasanas) and to remove this, the cleaner has to persistently work with detergent (Nidhi dhyasana) and remove the last traces of impurities to fully see the actual person (Sakshatkar of Self in Vidvat Sanyasa). Such a Jnani has perfect knowledge (Stithaprajna) and equipoise (Samatvam).

Starting with Karma Yoga, after getting some Chitta Shuddhi, the sadhak becomes adhikari to pursue Vividisha Sanyasa (Shravana, Manana & Nidhi Dhyasana) and further progressively purifies the mind (manolaya no-mind) until he comes to realize his true Self. In this perfection of knowledge, he is equipoised (Samatvam Yoga uchyate) and abides in his Self.

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Samatvam or Equipoise is gained when we work without pleasure or pain, gain or loss, victory or defeat and keep ourselves in equilibrium in all the 3 levels – intellectual, mental or physical. Doing duty for duty’s sake we don’t lose the balance (V2.38). If we identify with any level then we become part of it and cannot remain unaffected and therefore cannot be equipoised. Or if we insist too much on the result, then again it’s hard to remain equanimous since it may lead to tension, anger etc. (Q&A 1 of chap2-PartB-towards the end of talk 38:40)

When duty or work is performed as a worship with Karma Yoga attitude the benefit is Chitta Shuddhi or purification of mind since Punya gained is not converted to future Sukha but works at the mind level, here and now, and gives chittashuddhi instead.

Working with KY attitude helps make the mind/intellect instrument subtle and serene and transforms it to make it ready to turn the indirect knowledge into direct experience (paroksha to aparoksha). Hence working with the right attitude is necessary to get purification of mind.
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Hari Om! thank you Manoharji and Radharaniji

I'm interpreting Manoharji's response to mean that Samatvam comes after Chitta Suddhi or even after realizing the Self

and Radharaniji's response to mean Samatvam comes before chitta suddhi which is the result of Karma Yoga (which is well before realizing the Self)

In sequence what comes first? Would it be correct to say Samatvam comes first and then chitta suddhi? Or do they both happen at the same time?

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