Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 53: When your intellect stands steadfast in the Self, you will have surpassed the need for Vedic doctrine. You will have achieved the state of Yoga.

This verse summarizes the benefits from having gained liberation from bondage to action by practicing karma yoga (2.45).

'Your intellect stands steadfast in the Self' when its subtlest quality, the ego, identifies with the ultimate reality and truth: I am unbounded contentment, the Self (2.45). Serving the desires of others, content, fulfilled and living in the present (2.52) we feel comfortable with all that has gone before, like slipping a foot into a comfortable old shoe. Seemingly everything in the past — Precambrian trilobites, your uncle’s gout, the War of Roses, invention of the spoon, and manifold Vedic texts — has brought us to this moment. Content in the present we feel comfortable with all that is true.

 

'You will have surpassed the need for Vedic doctrine.' Content and comfortable with all, we have gained the intent of Vedic texts (2.42). 'All the Vedas are of no more use than is a small well in a place flooded with water on all sides (2.46). 

 

Liberated from ‘the binding influence of action’ (2.39), in need of nothing, balanced in mind (2.48), skilled in action (2.50), wise (2.51), and content in the present (2.52), Then 'you will have achieved the state of Yoga,’ the union of self within Self (2.45, 2.47).

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