Calmness is resting the mind steadfastly on Brahman – Vivekachudamani


The man who discriminates between the Real and the unreal, whose mind is turned away from the unreal, who possesses calmness and the allied virtues, and who is longing for Liberation, is alone considered qualified to enquire after Brahman.

A firm conviction of the mind to the effect that Brahman is real and the universe unreal, is designated as discrimination (Viveka) between the Real and the unreal.

Vairagya or renunciation is the desire to give up all transitory enjoyments (ranging) from those of an (animate) body having already known their defects from observation, instruction and so forth.

The resting of the mind steadfastly on its Goal (viz. Brahman) after having detached itself from manifold sense-objects by continually observing their defects, is called Shama or calmness.

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