Chapter 2 Verse 26 – Samkhya Yoga

Duhkheshwanudwignamanaah sukheshu vigatasprihah;
Veetaraagabhayakrodhah sthitadheer munir uchyate.

He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after pleasures,
and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady wisdom.


Lord Krishna in this verse replies to Arjun’s question of who has steady wisdom. He says that a person whose mind is not disturbed when he faces difficult and unmanageable situations is a sage of steady wisdom. He also adds the other virtues that makes a person a sage of steady wisdom. First in that is the person who wants to be a sage of steady wisdom should no run behind pleasures. That means he should not run behind things that gives him momentary happiness. Also that person should be free from all types of attachments. And finally a person with steady wisdom never experiences fear or anger and usually stays above that. That person alone can be called as sage of steady wisdom.

Extending interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Many of us find it difficult to understand this concept “Sage of steady wisdom”. What is it? If I tell you that you can see the glimpses of sage of steady wisdom in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, then you will get what it is. You call him captain cool and Lord Krishna calls such people sage of steady wisdom. He has most of the qualities that Lord Krishna mentioned. He is free of attachments, you can see it by the way he left captaincy and retired from test cricket when he was at the peak and had a lot of Cricket still left in him. He is fearless and takes the match the end finishes it confidently. Rarely you can see anger on his face. The most important quality he possesses is his ability to overcome any difficult situation and comes out of it.

Are you not able to see MS Dhoni possessing many qualities of sage of steady wisdom? He might not be 100% in that, but slowly he is progressing towards that. With age he will develop it more. Plus Cricket is a Rajasic profession and one needs to come out of it completely to develop spirituality. I have just shown one person to describe this quality and anyone can become that. All that you need to do is the following
1. Never abandon any work if you face difficulties
2. Control your pleasures and focus on his task
3. You should be free of all attachments and do work selflessly
4. You should be above fear and anger and never express these emotions