Bhagavad Gita Verse 34, Chapter 6

Below is a truth that transcends cultures, which reminds me of a limerick that I wrote:

Swift swish-swishing tails and sure fins
Gliding right through the shipwreck within
Bumping up against walls
As there’s something that calls
Past bones round of my small cranium

A simple, modern translation and explanation of the Bhagavad Gita with shloka (verse) meaning

chanchalam hi manaha krishna pramaathi balavaddrudham |
tasyaaham nigraham manye vaayoriva sudushkaram || 34 ||

For, the mind is fickle, rebellious, strong and stubborn, O Krishna. To control it, I think, is as arduous as the wind.
chanchalam : fickle
hi : for
manaha : mind is
krishna : O Krishna
pramaathi : rebellious
balavat : strong
drudham : stubborn
tasya : it
aham : I
nigraham : control
manye : think
vaayoho : the wind
iva : like
sudushkaram : arduous
Arjuna further elaborates on the difficulty of controlling the mind for meditation to Shri Krishna. He says that it is as difficult as trying to harness the wind. Why is that so? The mind is fickle, rebellious, strong and stubborn. It will refuse any attempt to be controlled.
Shri Krishna had acknowledged the fickle nature of the mind in previous shlokas. We oursleves have…

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29 thoughts on “Bhagavad Gita Verse 34, Chapter 6”

  1. Thank you so much for not only leaving wonderful, amusing comments but also for a marathon reading of other posts. Ben, you are great!
    Thank you.


  2. When you read my posts on India, it will become clear. I am very fond of a few Indian friends, and naturally, want to understand them better. I wrote of ancient India and I hope you will not point out any Errors (Ben).
    You both are so impressive that I can only learn at your feet! Shame about Caahli.
    I got two beginner’s books on Hindu but Ben’s analytical method was excellent, and I have copied everything.

    Thank you


  3. I cannot thank you enough for finding me or letting me find you. It is such an intellectually wonderful post. As I am just starting learning Hindu, I was hyperventilating reading about the meaning of verses in the Gita. I wish Caahli could teach me! Please, do look up my blog and especially my posts on India.
    Thank you so much – you are all remarkable people.


  4. To me the most important point in this chapter is the “solution” given by shree Krishna. Yes, the God agrees that the mind is really difficult to tame. Nevertheless, Krishna points out that in the earthly world very many things are difficult to achieve and yet if we really want something we are able to great effort, strength and determination in order to conquer them. So the mind can be controlled. Shree Krishna tells Arjun that the by “vairāgya” – detachment and “abhyās” – practice we manage to tame our mind. Solutions which are themselves a big fight within to conquer them.

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