Chapter 12 Bhakti Yoga Verse 19
Tulyanindaastutirmaunee santushto yena kenachit;
Aniketah sthiramatir bhaktimaan me priyo narah.
He to whom censure and praise are equal, who is silent, content with anything, homeless,
of a steady mind, and full of devotion—that man is dear to Me.
This is the second part of the shloka where Lord Krishna is looking at the physical attributes of a person who is dearest to Him. After talking about the honour and dishonour, cold and heat, pleasure and pain Lord Krishna talks about few more attributes here. He says that a person to whom criticism and praise are equal is closest to Him. Then He goes on to say that a person who is silent and content with anything he gets and doesn’t aspire for any worldly desires like owning land and home and some one who has a mind which is steady and filled with devotion towards to Him is the one who is closest to Him
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Two qualities we need to understand here and they are very relevant to today’s times. One is steadiness of a person in censure and praise and the second is a person who is content with anything and is homeless. I would first like to talk about the person who is content with anything and who is homeless. Why did God use this phrase “homeless”? We all have a dream of owning a house. House gives you a sense of security and we own, single or multiple of them. Is house really a sense of security? If you look at today’s world where everything is uncertain a house is more of a liability than an asset. There were many reports published which says that in many cities in India, rented homes are cheaper than the homes you own or buy. When you own a land in a place where you are not living, you know how difficult it is to prevent it from getting encroached or forcibly occupied.
A day will come soon where home as a concept will have nothing but diminishing returns and the value of land will remain steady. All that I want to say here is, the enthusiasm and zeal a person experiences in owning a home, if he changes it to, in being content with what he has and spends his time and money in noble deeds, many better things will be planned to him. But in today’s world of rat races and dog fights, such statements have no place. A content person is not the one who leaves his family to roads, he is the one who makes his family independent and secure. You need not give anything to your children in the form of assets. Give them good education and an outlook through which they will earn those assets themselves in a much better way.
That feeling comes only when a person is content with his money and spends time with his family. The second aspect am looking at is the person who is same in censure and praise. It is possible only when you dont own anything that comes your way.If you dont want to own a house, you dont own the praise for the work you do nor own the censure or bad remark for the work you failed to do. Detachment from objects, people and feelings is the only way of achieving this. Once you are detached you neither feel happy for something that went right nor feel sad for things that went wrong. Only such people will be closer to Him, says Lord Krishna