Bhagavadgita Chapter 14 Guna Triya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 22

Chapter 14 Guna Triya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 22
Udaaseenavadaaseeno gunairyo na vichaalyate; Gunaa vartanta ityeva yo’vatishthati nengate.

He who, seated like one unconcerned, is not moved by the qualities, 
and who, knowing that the qualities are active, is self-centred and moves not….
Interpretation

This is a two part shloka where Lord Krishna is explaining to Arjuna the qualities and the marks of a person who has transcended all the three gunas. In the previous shloka He dwells on the point of looking beyond light, activity and delusion. In this shloka He brings further clarity on them. He says that this person who transcended all the gunas is seated like an unconcerned person and is unmoved by  the qualities that are seen around him. Lord Krishna also says that the person even after knowing that the qualities are active is self centred and is very stable and does not moves from his resolve.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Here we are looking further into what we have already talked about in the previous shloka. We have to look at the words unconcerned and self centred here. Unconcerned is the person who is not moved by anything that is happening around him. It is possible to be unconcerned when you are dominated by Tamasic guna or when you have transcended all the three gunas. The difference is  Tamasic person is unconcerned because he is not bothered about anything around him except his pleasure and enjoyment. Whereas the person who has transcended all the three gunas is unconcerned because he is no longer affected by the qualities as he has seen all of them and has overcome the urge of getting drawn towards those gunas.

The other word we need to look at is self-centered. We normally use the word self-centred to describe selfish people. Is Lord saying that a person who transcended all the three gunas is actually self-centred here? In a way yes. Selfish people in Rajasik nature only think about them. Here also the person is only thinking about himself. The path to reaching God is singular and a person who has set out on the path should never be concerned about anyone else. We acquire these Gunas as a part of learning things and once we finish learning things we need to develop the ability to dissociate ourselves from those things and only think about themselves. Thus Lord says that a person who transcended the three gunas is self-centred and only bothers about his association with God. 

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