Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 57: He who has no attachments, neither overly rejoicing nor deeply saddened on gaining what is pleasant or unpleasant, his intellect is established.

Krishna transitions from steady intellect (2.55, 2.56) to established intellect. We experience steady intellect when serving others' desires, when we’ve innocently renounced our own desires for those we serve (2.45). We gain established intellect through the practice of karma yoga, that is, through repeated experiences of steady intellect (It's a practice, 2.47). Established intellect identifies with the absolute, unbounded, nonactive, desireless contented nature of Self. Established intellect anchors in the quiet depths of inner contentment.

'His intellect is established' in the unbounded contentment of desireless Self. In contentment, actions fail to make deep impressions of discontent on a mind. Naturally, he casts away the cycle of impression-desire-action ('bondage to action,' 2.39). He remains detached and uninvolved ('He has no attachments') to desires and actions, and lives in quiet inner awareness of outer experiences. This is Cosmic Consciousness. One is cosmically (everywhere and at all times) aware of their absolute and unbounded inner nature, the Self. Distinctions between waking, sleeping and dreaming evaporate. Conscious awareness remains uninvolved, separate from activity and witnessing, as it were, life unfold. Living in the evenness of unbounded contentment of Self (2.48) ‘neither overly rejoicing nor deeply saddened on gaining what is pleasant or unpleasant.’

 

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