Arjuna is now curious and wants to know more. He asks Kṛṣṇa, ‘You are telling me all this, that is wonderful. You tell me that I must perform without expectations and attachment and that I must be complete in wisdom. I would like to live that way and move on the path of wisdom. Pray, tell me what kind of a person is this, the one who always stays in the steady space of completion—sthita prajñasya kā bhāṣā samādhi-sthasya keśava (2.54). How does he behave, walk and talk? Let me model myself on him.’
For the fifth time Arjuna expresses authentic interest in what Kṛṣṇa is saying. Arjuna has realized that whatever he said earlier had arisen from his confusion, his patterns. Arjuna is intelligent enough to know that he does not know.
Once we choose to live based on responsibility, we know our real present needs and not futuristic wants. We rise into the present moment of completion.
When Kṛṣṇa tells him to behave in a manner befitting the code of the warriors, this piece of advice certainly makes good sense to Arjuna. However, what Kṛṣṇa says further confuses Arjuna. Kṛṣṇa says to do what you have to do without being concerned about the outcome. This is a strange idea to Arjuna. He has rarely done anything in his life without thinking about the result of his action.
Arjuna, the greatest of marksmen, is conditioned with the pattern to first define his target and then act. Kṛṣṇa has confused him totally now. Kṛṣṇa says, ‘Release your arrow; where it lands is my business.’ At least, this is how Arjuna understands what Kṛṣṇa says. Arjuna has enough trust in Kṛṣṇa not to ignore this instruction from the Divine.
So he asks, ‘Tell me who is it who acts without any interest in the outcome? Who is it who is not concerned about the result, whether it is good or bad, painful or joyful, and how do I identify such a person?’
Kṛṣṇa responds, ‘This man is free from desires and emotions. He has neither greed nor fear. He has no patterns. He is always complete in himself. Pleasures through the senses do not interest him. He has withdrawn his senses from the external or outer world and has integrated them inwards into his inner space, directed them towards that Supreme Truth that is beyond all pleasures, attachments, emotions and sense objects.’
Kṛṣṇa thus describes the Realized Yogi, the Sthitaprajña to Arjuna so that he too may emulate him and realize himself. ‘Nirmohatve niścalatatvaṁ,’ says Ādī Śaṅkarācārya, taking a cue from the Master. It means: Absence of desires leads to a clear and still mind and inner space, steeped in the wisdom of completion. When there are no desires, there are no emotions such as joy, depression, sadness, anger, disappointment, jealousy that normally arise from the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of such desires. When the mind is without fear and anger, without expectations of success and failure, the unattached mind seeks that which is unattached. First the objects drop, then the desire for the objects disappears as truth dawns. This may sound complicated, but is as simple as counting ‘1, 2, 3.’
This Universe is responsible for all of us. We exist not because of ourselves and our actions but in spite of it. The Universe functions on the science of responsibility, upāyanaṁ. Responsibility is the science of life.
Listen. The whole Universe is a holographic structure. For example, if there is a ten-by-ten meter hologram or a picture, on cutting it into several ten-by-ten millimeter ones, the same picture will be there inside it. That is a hologram. It means that whatever is in the macrocosm—the whole Universe, is also there inside your body—the microcosm! If you dissect, dissect, and go into a small atom, the brahmāṅda (macrocosm) will be there in pinḍāṅda (microcosm). Whatever is there in the pinḍāṅ- da is there in the brahmāṅda. The cosmos functions with the principle of a hologram. Responsibility is the DNA, which awakens the cosmic hologram in you. If you want to experience the macrocosm hologram in the microcosm, awaken responsibility.
Listen. The macrocosm and microcosm are just mirroring each other’s possibility. When we feel the responsibility for existence, we become existence and existence feels responsible for us. When we let go of our patterns, when we listen to the Universe and feel responsible, the Universe feels responsible for us and gives us all that we need to live with abundance. But the problem is that we don’t listen and we don’t take responsibility and destroy our own possibility! We do not stop with our needs but get greedy with our wants as well. There is no way all our wants can be fulfilled without taking away the needs of other beings in this Universe.
Feel responsible! You are the microcosmic hologram of the macrocosmic diagram. Once we choose to live based on responsibility, we know our real present needs and not futuristic wants. We rise into the present moment of completion. Desires based on past and future dissolve. We then realize that we too are the brahmāṅda, Universe and that we can have all that we need as all that belongs to the Universe belongs to us also.
Kṛṣṇa aptly provides the analogy of the tortoise, kurma to illustrate how to withdraw one’s senses inwards and how to be centered and steady in wisdom of completion in the Self, tasya prajñā pratiṣthitā (2.58). Its entire cycle of life is tuned to the wisdom of nature. An animal, when it indulges in any act, whether of mating, caring, killing or saving its own life, does all and any of these with tremendous focus. The animal always lives in its present moment. Not so the human. For the human, where his body is his mind never is.
Corporate people ask me how to make right decisions. It is simple. When you take responsibility for the job at hand and make a decision to act out of your peak possibility based on the information available at that moment, without the influence of past or future incompletions, your decisions will always be right. The Universal energy guides you in your decision when you take responsibility, when you settle into yourself, focus inwards and withdraw your senses as the tortoise does.
You are responsible for everything. If you feel that you are poor, take responsibility for it. If you feel that you are sick, take responsibility for it. Responsibility makes everything, from an ordinary desire, to have a good meal tomorrow, to your desire to be in desirelessness become a reality. Everything is realized when you take responsibility.
What do you all do instead? Half the time you do not take the responsibility and postpone decisions because you are afraid of the consequences of the decision. So things happen without your control and which do not favor you. The other half of the time you are led by greed and prejudices based on past experiences and future fantasies and you decide with no relevance to issues of that moment.
When have you last done anything whatsoever with complete integrity? When were you integrated only to the food that you ate, instead of chatting, reading, and watching? You may say that we are only human, we wish to enjoy life and we wish to enjoy sensual pleasures. Please do! However, when you enjoy, enjoy fully. Be fully in integrity with that object of enjoyment and with all your senses integrated only on that activity. When you do whatever you do with one hundred percent integrity, authenticity and responsibility, you are in the space of completion. You become God!
source: chapter 2, Bhagavadgita Decoded verses – 2.54 – 2.59