Shanti Sadan and Self-Knowledge name
Vol.62 No.3 Summer 2011

CREATE A PALACE WITHIN

Man has to create for himself a palace of bliss and freedom out of the material called his inner or psychological self (Antahkarana). He is a creator. Man is creating something all the time, sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously. If he does not create the yogic wealth, he creates fetters for himself; but he is never idle.

There is a verse in the Mahabharata which says: 'He is fixed in the practice of Yoga who employs his mind in meditation on the Absolute, practising equilibrium, truthfulness, good conduct and simplicity.' It is by means of the cultivation of these virtues that the yogi becomes an expert creator of the palace of freedom and bliss in his soul.

Imagine a swiftly flowing stream washing the boundary of a village. The people believe that they can do nothing to stop the ravages of the stream when it is in flood. They pay toll in lives and destruction of property, calmly. A youth imagines that the stream can be controlled and succeeds in doing so by the application of engineering. Now the stream gives them electric power, helps the irrigation and adds to the beauty of the village in many ways. Such is the use of desire and will. When the inner life is controlled by knowledge and meditation, it becomes a friend of man and helps in the creation of the palace of bliss and freedom, called Jnanam (spiritual knowledge).

From Hari Prasad Shastri's commentary on The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6.