Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 56He whose mind is unshaken by misfortune, whose desire for pleasures has evaporated, from whom attachment to passion, fear and anger have departed, is a sage of steady intellect.

Inner contentment arises from steady intellect's identification with contented higher Self (2.55). In the equilibrium of inner contentment we remain ‘unshaken by misfortune’ and unmoved by 'desire for pleasures.' Content deep within, 'attachment to passion, fear and anger' hold no truck. Such is a 'sage of steady intellect' grounded in the contented nature of higher Self.


Misfortunes, desires for pleasures, passions, fear, and anger occur on the surface level of the mind (lower self).  But in union of lower self within higher Self (2.45), these emotions on the surface level of the mind lose their power to distract and fail to overwhelm the contented nature of Self. 'Misfortune' ... 'anger' are dealt with appropriately on the level of the self by the intellect absorbed in its unbounded nature of Self.

copyright Keith R Parker 2021