Longing Remains Until the End

Chapter II, Verse 59

Sri Nerode’s Translation:


The things (of senses) fall away from the self-governed men, leaving only longing behind. But his longing also ceases, who sees the Supreme.

Helpful Translation:

Unsteady concentration produces inconsistent wisdom. Unbroken concentration frees the soul from distractions caused by lower states of consciousness.


Krishna adds a detail about enlightenment in the verse, a detail that should be used for self-evaluation. He tells Arjuna that one who is progressing to the absolute state of awareness may find himself still longing for the familiarity of past ignorance. One who longs for ignorance is like the recidivistic criminal who finds life in prison easier than life on the “outside”.

Becoming wise, transmuting all worldly experiences to serve an expanded state of awareness, takes effort. When making this effort, most aspirants pass through an extended period where none of the senses satisfies the heart. In this period of longing, the heart has not yet embraced the state of expanded awareness either. The deep longing that Krishna refers to is the period between embracing the sense experiences and sensual goals of wealth, intoxication and sensuality and the state of being anchored in the “Divine” or an expanded state of awareness that transmutes all of creation into the solitary experience of being in the moment.

During periods of introspection, one has to consider if the “longing” being experienced is still attachment or if it is the echoes of attachment.

Easter Eggs:

Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:

Consider the Sanskrit words and intonations for broken and steady concentration.

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