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The Teaching of the Gita
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THE STEADFAST MAN OF THE GITA
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    Is it too difficult an ideal to follow ? No. On the contrary, the conduct laid down in it is the only conduct worthy of dignity of human beings.

Harijan :April 28, 1946.

75. THE STEADFAST MAN OF THE GITA

ANSWERING the description of a steadfast man of the Gita : such are the lines according to Sir Edwin Arnold's rendering :

Arjuna :
  "What is his mark who hath steadfast heart,
Confirmed in holy meditation ? How
Know we his speech, Keshava ? Sits he, moves he
Like other men ?"

Krishna :
  "When one, O Pritha's Son !
Abandoning desires which shake the mind
Finds in his soul full comfort for his soul,
He hath attained the Yoga— that man is such !
In sorrows not dejected, and in joys
Not overjoyed; dwelling outside the stress
Of passion, fear, and anger, fixed in calms
Of lofty contemplation;—such an one
Is Muni, is the Sage, the true Recluse !
He who to none and nowhere overbound
By ties of flesh, takes evil things and good
Neither desponding nor exulting, such
Bears wisdom's plainest mark ! He who shall draw
As the wise tortoise draws its four feet safe
Under its shield, his five frail senses back
Under the spirit's buckler from the world
Which else assails them, such an one, my Prince !
Hath Wisdom's mark ! Things that solicit sense
Hold off from the self-governed; nay, it comes,
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