Chapter 6 - Dhyana Yoga


Path of Meditation



The sixth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is Dhyana Yoga. In this chapter, Krishna reveals the Yoga of Meditation and how to practise this Yoga. He discusses the role of action in preparing for Meditation, how performing duties in devotion purifies one's mind and heightens one's spiritual consciousness. He explains in detail the obstacles that one faces when trying to control their mind and the exact methods by which one can conquer their mind. He reveals how one can focus their mind on Paramatma and unite with the God.


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Verse 1


The Supreme Lord said: Those who perform prescribed duties without desiring the results of their actions are actual sanyāsīs (renunciates) and yogis, not those who have merely ceased performing sacrifices such as agni-hotra yajña or abandoned bodily activities.

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Verse 2


What is known as sanyās is non-different from Yog, for none become yogis without renouncing worldly desires.

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Verse 3


To the soul who is aspiring for perfection in Yog, work without attachment is said to be the means; to the sage who is already elevated in Yog, tranquility in meditation is said to be the means.

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Verse 4


When one is neither attached to sense objects nor to actions, that person is said to be elevated in the science of Yog, for having renounced all desires for the fruits of actions.

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Verse 5


Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the friend and also the enemy of the self.

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Verse 6


For those who have conquered the mind, it is their friend. For those who have failed to do so, the mind works like an enemy.

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