Meaning of the #Shlok
In this shloka, Krishna is telling Arjuna that whenever your mind-brain come in contact with any subject, happiness or sorrow is bound to manifest. And when happiness manifests then a human being feels elated, but when sorrow manifests he feels unhappy. But these are not the traits of an intelligent human being. A happy today – an unhappy tomorrow, peaceful mornings – sorrowful evenings, is this a way to lead your life? Meaning, an understanding, composed human being doesn’t differentiate between these transient joys and sorrows. When by any kind of confluence sorrow manifests, he believes it to be an external thing and even when happiness emerges, he distances himself from it. Because he knows: if I rejoice in happiness then when I will be faced by a contradicting situation I will become hassled for sure. What more…? It is better then, that no matter what happens on the outside, from within I don’t lose my composure. And he who doesn’t lose his inner composure at the slightest instance, will always find an emotional consistency maintained in his being. And Oh Arjuna! He who lives in such a state of constantness, believe me he is surely deserving of salvation. So Arjuna, it’s wrong to be influenced by external joys and sorrows.
– Deep Trivedi