Chapter 6 Dhyana Yoga Vere 20
Shloka
Chanchalam hi manah krishna pramaathi balavad dridham;
Tasyaaham nigraham manye vaayoriva sudushkaram.
Translation
The mind verily is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding, O Krishna!
I deem it as difficult to control as to control the wind.
Interpretation
Arjuna continues to talk about the difficulty of controlling the mind and the restlessness associated with it. In this sloka Arjuna says that mind by its nature is very restless, turbulent meaning,it can wavering at will, strong, where any attempt to control it will be met with huge resistance and unyielding where it never gives up or accepts to come under the control of the self. Arjuna says that when mind is so powerful and so difficult to be controlled, how can anyone then control his mind? Arjuna compares mind with the wind and says that controlling mind is as difficult as controlling the wind.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Here we are talking about the power of mind. Mind is so powerful that it can do anything. When it can do anything, then why it cannot do what the self wants it to do? This is a very tricky question. Mind is very powerful and more powerful that mind are the senses. Senses are more powerful than mind because imagine life without senses. It is impossible to live. Can you live without seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling? You can’t. So these senses with their sensory powers keep the mind entertained and keep the mind under its control. Like that unknowingly the mind becomes a slave to senses and thinks that happiness comes only through senses.
What all mind can do? It can think about the things we see, the words we hear, the people we touch, the food we taste and the fragrances that we smell. All our thoughts and life styles revolve around that. We want tasty biryani to eat, we want to watch a nice movie or listen to your favourite songs. So mind keeps thinking about how to satisfy the senses and generates ideas that help in gratifying one’s senses. In all this, self or soul becomes a silent observer, waiting for the mind to come to it an think about it. But senses are very clever, it will never allow mind to go away from it so mind never has time to think about the self or soul.
Everyone of us in this World are like Arjuna, completely blinded by the maya of the senses in forcing the mind to think about gratifying only the senses. But soul keeps making feeble and sustained attempts to draw the mind towards it. Whenever such attempts are made, senses gets activated and that triggers the mind to show turbulence, resistance and restlessness. So, changing the mind’s attention from senses to soul is as difficult an as challenging as stopping the wind completely. This is how Arjuna describes the restlessness of mind. Let’s see how Lord Krishna answers him.