Chapter 5 Sanyasa Yoga Verse 9

Shloka

Pralapan visrijan grihnan nunmishan nimishannapi;
Indriyaaneendriyaartheshu vartanta iti dhaarayan.

Translation

Speaking, letting go, seizing, opening and closing the eyes
convinced that the senses move among the sense-objects.

Interpretation

In this sloka Lord Krishna talks about the other dimension of how the knower of the truth would react. Here Lord Krishna emphasizes on how the knower of the truth will reach the control of his senses. Krishna says hat the seeker of truth controls his senses in speaking things that he wants to speak, by letting go of situations that are not under his control, by seizing himself from situations that dont warrant an action and by opening his eyes for the things that needs to be done and closing the eyes to the things he need not act upon. That is the only way in which he controls his sense objects.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

The point to be understood here is how senses move amongst the sense objects. The sense objects that I am referring to here are the 5 sense organs that we possess and the senses are the stimulations. The most powerful sense object that you have is the speech. You have the power through which you can motivate and chart the course of anyone’s life through your words. Use them for wise purposes. Second, you need to let go of situations that are not under your control. This in a way linked to seizing and opening and closing of eyes to situations that warrant them. Let me explain with an example.

When you are talking something to a friend and if he is not able to understand your point and accuse you of dominating him and influencing him then letting it go is the best solution. It is not wise to speak in all situations. If the other person is not in a position to listen, then dont speak and let it go. But when you get an opportunity to speak up again, seize the opportunity and speak up because God gave you that opportunity. That is how one needs to learn to open and close his eyes for different situations. All these are the senses which are connected to our sense objects and lead us to salvation.