Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 66: No established intellect, no steady thought; no steady thought, no peace of mind; for one lacking in peace of mind how can there be happiness?

Preeminent to experiencing happiness is establishing intellect and identifying with whom we Really and Truly are: unbounded inner contentment of Self. Inner contentment calms the mind and steadies thinking. A steady and peaceful mind is open to experiencing the ever-present field of happiness which comes from within.

 

'No established intellect,' we lack powers of discernment to see the ultimate Reality and Truth of inner contentment. Lacking inner contentment, attention wanders in search for it and there is no 'steady thought' and consequently, 'no peace of mind.' A peaceful mind is open to experiencing the ever-present field of happiness which comes from within. 'For one lacking in peace of mind how can there be happiness?' 

The key to lasting happiness lies first and foremost in establishing the intellect in the Self (2.45, 2.47).

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