Chapter 5 Sanyasa Yoga Verse 18

Shloka

Ihaiva tairjitah sargo yeshaam saamye sthitam manah;
Nirdosham hi samam brahma tasmaad brahmani te sthitaah.

Translation

Even in this world everything is overcome by those whose minds rest in equality;
Brahman is spotless indeed and equal; therefore, they are established in Brahman.

Interpretation

In this sloka Lord Krishna talks further about the qualities of Brahman or all pervasive. He says that in every world including this world everything is overcome by those whose minds rest in equality. It means that people whose minds rest in equality will be able to solve any problem or a challenging situation that he might face. Lord Krishna also says that this quality makes a person go nearer to Brahman. The second part of the sloka talks about the qualities of Brahman. It says that Brahman is spotless and equal and everything which is equal is established itself in Brahman.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

This sloka talks about mind that rests in equality and how the mind that rests in equality equates itself to Brahman. What is the relationship between these two? Let’s observe. A mind that rests in equality cannot be touched by anything, neither anger, fear, greed, victory, happiness or achievement. For him everything is same. His mind will not react nor will show that. There is a renunciation involved here also. If you have not renounced the job that comes from being happy, then how will a person not feel happy when he is supposed to? So this explains how a person has the stability of mind.

It is then linked to becoming a part of Brahman himself. Brahman is God and God is a perfect equilibrium. He can balance everything in this universe and that equilibrium is something that Brahman expects from every being that He creates. So, as the person tries to attain equality of mind slowly starts seeing the Brahman within himself. Once he is able to see Brahman within himself he starts moving towards aligning himself with the qualities of the Brahman himself.