On Equanimity

Manuel Nunez, 1956, "California"

Manuel Nunez, 1956, “California”

Equanimity is often described as a state of psychological stability. In this world of pairs of opposites, man is tossed about hither and thither by various waves of emotion. Now he gets gain, success, honour, praise. The next moment, he gets failure, loss, dishonour, censure and disappointment. In November, the wisdom of Swami Sivananda is recognised again: “In rooting ourselves in our own unchanging and all blissful Atman within, we can discipline the mind and the senses. Then no worldly wave can upset you…”

In Hinduism, equanimity is just another term that attempts to describe the nature of Brahman (not to be confused with Brahmin). In Vedanta the term Brahman points to Absolute Reality. In a true sense, Brahman cannot be described as any description or attribute introduces the idea of boundedness, hence it must be recognized that these terms are only meant to serve as pointers to the intellectual concept of Brahman. In Vedanta the term Brahman points to the Absolute, also referred to as the only Reality.

Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”

Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i Faith) also writes on cultivating equanimity: “Freedom is not a matter of place. It is a condition. When one is released from the prison of the self, that is indeed release… The afflictions which come to humanity sometimes tend to centre the consciousness upon the limitations, and this is a veritable prison. Release comes by making of the will a Door through which the confirmations of the Spirit come.”

Blessed November!

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