Chapter 6 Dhyana Yoga Verse 11
Shloka
Yatroparamate chittam niruddham yogasevayaa;
Yatra chaivaatmanaa’tmaanam pashyannaatmani tushyati.
Translation
When the mind, restrained by the practice of Yoga, attains to quietude,
and when, seeing the Self by the Self, he is satisfied in his own Self.
Interpretation
This is a short sloka that talks about the attitude of the person who perfects the art of meditation. Here Lord Krishna says that when a person who practices the meditation part of the yoga with his mind completely under control, he attains the state of quietude. Quietude means the state of stillness or calmness. From that state of calmness he will be able to see the self by his self. That means his self becomes the mirror and sees itself. That state when the self sees itself is when he will be satisfied with his own self.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Can a self see itself? If so how? If eyes are required to see something, soul doesn’t have eyes, nor it is a mirror. So how does the soul see itself? Meditation is a tool whereby one can achieve many things. A person can be taken to his past lives through meditation where he sees things that he has experienced many lives before. That is possible because soul is not bound by time or shape or form. Soul is timeless, shapeless and full of energy. When you awaken that energy inside it will see itself and becomes its own reflection.
Soul is like a mirror when it is in meditation. It sees itself through its own self, it also sees what it needs to improve in itself. That power is obtained to the soul, only when the conscious mind of an individual doesn’t interfere with it. So, a yogi who can keep his mind under the control, will attain calmness because mind is like wind and when mind is under control there is no wind and everything is calm. In that calm state of mind a person can see the reflection of his own soul and also can get satisfied with the progress that it is making.