The highly developed soul always remains satisfied in himself by realizing himself as the eternal servitor of the Supreme Lord. Such a transcendentally situated person gives up all varieties of desires for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.
One who is not disturbed by the three-fold miseries or elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger is called a sage of steady mind. As long as one is in this material world there is always the possibility of good and evil because this world is full of duality. One who is unaffected by good and evil, is to be understood to be fixed in perfect knowledge.
The senses are so strong that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them. Even Viswamitra, a great sage and perfect yogi, was misled by Menaka into sex enjoyment, although the yogi was endeavoring for sense control with several types of penance. Krishna says
“TANI SARVAANI SAMYAMYAYUKTA AASEET MATPARAH
VASHE HI YASYENDRIYANI TASYA PRAJNA PRATISTHITA”
One who restrains his senses, keeping them under full control and fixes his consciousness upon Me, is known as a man of steady intelligence. How one can become “MATPARAH” IS DESCRIBED IN THE LIFE OF Maharaja Ambarisha.
A man perceives an object. The tendency of the mind is to repeat it. A liking for the object grows with the growth of possessing the wish. Any obstacle to this produces anger. The impulse of anger throws the mind into confusion, which casts a veil over the lessons of wisdom learnt by past experience. Thus deprived of his moral standard, he is prevented from using his discrimination, he acts irrationally, on the impulse of passion, and paves the way for moral death.
Thus Krishna traces moral degradation to those first breath of thought that come softly and almost unconsciously to the mind.
But the self controlled man, moving among objects with senses under control, and free from attraction and aversion, attains tranquility. In tranquility, all sorrow is destroyed, and his intellect firmly concentrates on the self.
One who is not connected with the Supreme can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?
Disturbance is due to want of an ultimate goal, and when one is certain that Krishna is the enjoyer, proprietor and friend of everyone and everything, then one can, with a steady mind, bring about peace.
All of the senses must be engaged in Krishna consciousness, for that is the correct technique for controlling the mind. The senses can be curbed not by any human endeavor, but only by keeping them engaged in the service of the Lord. One should practice this art under the guidance of a spiritual master.
Factually we are related to the Supreme Lord in service. The Supreme Lord is the supreme enjoyer, and we living entities are His servitors. We are created for His enjoyment, and if we participate in that eternal enjoyment with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we become happy otherwise, we cannot. It is not possible to be happy independently, without rendering transcendental loving service to the Supreme Lord.
That is the way of the spiritual and godly life, after attaining which a man is not bewildered. If one is thus situated even at the hour of death, one can enter into the Kingdom of God.