Chapter 6 Dhyana Yoga Verse 10
Shloka
Yathaa deepo nivaatastho nengate sopamaa smritaa;
Yogino yatachittasya yunjato yogamaatmanah.
Translation
As a lamp placed in a windless spot does not flicker—
to such is compared the Yogi of controlled mind, practising Yoga in the Self
Interpretation
In this sloka Lord Krishna is talking about the mind of a person who is practising yoga. He says that a Yogi’s mind is fixed and his thoughts are pointed. To drive home this point, he compares the Yogi to a lamp. When we place a lamp in a spot where there is no wind, the lamp continues to glow without any flicker. Lord Krishna compares this lamp to a Yogi. He says that a Yogi who has a controlled mind and who is practising the Yoga with his Self totally involved in it, that person will be as stable as the lamp placed in windless zone.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
The point we need to understand here is the wind, lamp and flicker and how it is compared to mind, Yoga and Self. If you see there is a connection between the first three with the second three. Wind is very much comparable to the mind. Wind is never still, it moves from one place to another constantly. Best example is we sitting in Hyderabad get the rain brought by the winds from South Pacific ocean which is thousands of miles away. In the same way, mind also goes many places, it has no control on itself and it can think anything at any moment in time. The first step in Yoga and the challenge for the yogi is to bring that mind under control.
Second is lamp and Yoga. Lamp gives us light, it is the source of energy. Similarly yoga gives us power and energy that helps a person to get enlightenment. Third is the flicker and self. Flicker is the way in which the lamp flickers when there is wind. This flickering is compared to self because when the mind is unstable the self will also gets disturbed. When the wind is there, which is equated to the movement of mind, the self will flicker and flickering makes the self vulnerable to dangers. One danger is he might give up meditation itself when the self flickers because of the wavering mind.
As we dont keep a lamp in windy conditions, we also wont do Yoga when the mind is not stable, as it leads to flickering of the Self. So, for a person to become a Yogi he has to first control the mind which is like wind. Once the mind is controlled, the lamp of Yoga is lit and it enlightens the soul without flickering. This is the secret of Yoga or meditation and anybody who understands this secret will be a Yogi