Gita : Ch-12. Slo-18 & 19. Discussion-3.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :

Chapter-12. ( Bhakti-yogam )

Slokam-18 & 19. (  One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equiposed in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contamination, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn't care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and engaged in devotional service, is very dear to Me. )


samah  satrau  ca  mitre  ca  tatha  manapamanayoh,

sitoshnasukhaduhkheshu  samah  sangavivarjitah.

satrau  ca  mitre  ca  tatha  =  in  enemy  as  well  as  in  friend,  likewise;

manapamanayoh  samah  =  honor  as  well  as  dishonor  equal  minded  person;

sita-ushna-sukha-duhkheshu  =  cold,  heat,  joy,  sorrow,  in  these;

samah  =  remains  unaffected  and  equiposed;

sanga-vivarjitah  =  detached / free   from  all  associations;


tulyanindastutirmauni  santushto  yenakenacit,

aniketah  sthiramatih  bhaktiman  me  priyo  narah.

tulya-ninda-stutih  =  defame  and  fame,  one  who  consider  both  same  and  equal;

mauni   =  one  who  is  silent  and  very  has  few  words,  in  total  control  in  using  words;

yenakenacit  santushtah  =  one  who  is  happy / satisfied  with  what  he  has;

aniketah  =  one who  has  no  permenent  residence;

sthiramatih  =  one  who  has  strong  faith  towards  Lord;

bhaktiman  narah  =  that  person  who  is  the  devotee  with  strong  devotion;

me  priyah  =  that  person  is  dear  to   Me.


The absence of hate towards any being in general has already iterated by Lord Krishna in verse 13 of this chapter with the word advesta meaning free of hatred but that is in a general sense towards every being.

The equanimity mentioned here is of a more profound nature that of keeping one's equanimity when seeing one in front of them face to face.

The word aniketah means unattached to home or fixed residence due to being firmly attached to bhakti or exclusive loving devotion to the Supreme Lord.

Equally balanced in praise and censure, happiness and misery, pleasure and pain etc. Such a devotee of the Supreme Lord Krishna is very dear to Him.
To be continued  ...