ವಶೇ ಹಿ ಯಸ್ಯೇಂದ್ರಿಯಾಣಿ ತಸ್ಯ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞಾ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಿತಾ ॥೬೧॥
tāni sarvāṇi saṃyamya yukta āsīta mat paraḥ |
vaśe hi yasyeṃdriyāṇi tasya prajñā pratiṣṭhitā ||61||
Gist of the sloka:
Controlling the senses, believing that I am the supreme Lord, with steady mind in Me, one should live. One who is in this steady state, the truth will embed.
Senses drive the mind at various sensual objects. This is the experience of all seekers. They will force one to undertake wrong actions. If we need to overcome the actions of the senses, then they should be trained, like we train horses and get them under the tight control of the mind/intellect.
To make this happen we need to first seek and surrender to the Lord. We should pray to the Lord with firm mind indicating that we have given him all the ownership and responsibility to control our mind and through it the senses. After he is called Hrishikesha. The name denotes, he is the real controller of our senses. This is the promise given by Lord Krishna.
Lord needs to be prayed as follows “Please ensure my senses do not mis-lead me. You be within me motivate and inspire me such that your thoughts remain always and forever in You”. When this surrender is undertaken, Lord will keep his promise and slowly get us the control over our senses, and to fill our mind, thoughts and actions which are pleasing to him.
If one tries to think that he alone with-out the help of Lord would like to overcome the senses and its action, it’s not possible. One should attempt and persist in overcoming the senses but with the help of the Lord. There might be no immediate impact but gradually over a period of time, it will definitely happen. The time here might also mean multiple births. Nothing in the spiritual world is immediate.
Lord Krishna describes in the next verse, how our own mind will drag us down including how the mind works.