Chapter 14 Guna Triya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 22
and who, knowing that the qualities are active, is self-centred and moves not….
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.