December 15, 2016 5:00 pm

Arjuna, this Yoga is neither for him who overeats Nor for him who observes complete fast It is neither for him who is given to too much sleep Nor even for him who is ceaselessly awake – Bhagavad Gita (Chapter-6, Verse-16)

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Meaning of the Shlok

 

In this shloka, Krishna is making Arjuna understand that for a human being to be able to bring himself into Yog, that is to be able to acquire knowledge, he has to also look after his body completely. Because the damage he inflicts upon his body also has an effect on his mind. Hence, the body, of the one who overeats or observes a fast despite being hungry, gets damaged. Similarly, the one who oversleeps and is lazy or the one who stays awake excessively and is restless, even such a human being’s body becomes unhealthy for sure. Therefore, the one who wishes to achieve Yog needs to maintain the equilibrium of eating and sleeping, subjective to his personal need.

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