Chapter 2: Contents of the Gétä Summarized
sthita-dhir munir ucyate
duùkheñu—in the threefold miseries; anudvigna-manäù—without being agitated in mind; sukheñu—in happiness; vigata-spåhaù—without being too interested; véta—free from; räga—attachment; bhaya—fear; krodhaù—anger; sthita-dhéù—one who is steady; muniù—sage; ucyate—is called.
One who is not disturbed in spite of the threefold miseries, who is not elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.
The word muni means one who can agitate his mind in various ways for mental speculation without coming to a factual conclusion. It is said that every muni has a different angle of vision, and unless a muni differs from other munis, he cannot be called a muni in the strict sense of the term. Näsau munir yasya mataà na binnam. But a sthita-dhé-muni as mentioned herein by the Lord, is different from an ordinary muni The sthita-dhé-muni is always in Kåñëa consciousness, for he has exhausted all his business of creative speculation. He has surpassed the stage of mental speculations and has come to the conclusion that Lord Çré Kåñëa, or Väsudeva, is everything. He is called a muni fixed in mind. Such a fully Kåñëa conscious person is not at all disturbed by the onslaughts of the threefold miseries, for he accepts all miseries as the mercy of the Lord, thinking himself only worthy of more trouble due to his past misdeeds; and he sees that his miseries, by the grace of the Lord, are minimized to the lowest. Similarly, when he is happy he gives credit to the Lord, thinking himself unworthy of the happiness; he realizes that it is due only to the Lord's grace that he is in such a comfortable condition and able to render better service to the Lord. And, for the service of the Lord, he is always daring and active and is not influenced by attachment or aversion. Attachment means accepting things for one's own sense gratification, and detachment is the absence of such sensual attachment. But one fixed in Kåñëa consciousness has neither attachment nor detachment because his life is dedicated in the service of the Lord. Consequently he is not at all angry even when his attempts are unsuccessful. A Kåñëa conscious person is always steady in his determination.