Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha Dipika)

by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat | 1954 | 284,137 words | ISBN-10: 8185208123 | ISBN-13: 9788185208121

This is verse 6.16 of the Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha-Dipika), the English translation of 13th-century Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita.—The Dnyaneshwari (Jnaneshwari) brings to light the deeper meaning of the Gita which represents the essence of the Vedic Religion. This is verse 16 of the chapter called Dhyana-yoga.

Verse 6.16:Not by one who eats in excess, nor by one who does not eat at all, is the Discipline to be perfected; nor likewise by one who is addicted to excessive sleep, and never, O Arjuna, by one who keeps awake (all the while). (345)

Commentary called Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshwar:

One who is a slave to his palate or has sold himself to sleep is not considered qualified for the study of ‘Yoga:’ (nor) one who starves himself by confining into a prison of perverseness his hunger and thirst; also one who through similar obstinacy and perverseness always indulges in depriving himself of sleep. Such a person has no control over his body: how can he then be successful in the Study of ‘Yoga’? Therefore, the indulgence in the excess of enjoyment of the sense-objects is to be avoided, no less than any hatred or complete opposition to the normal enjoyment of routine sense life.

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