When a man dwells in his mind on the object of sense, attachment to them is produced. From attachment springs desire and from desire comes anger.
From anger arises bewilderment, from bewilderment loss of memory; and from loss of memory, the destruction of intelligence and from the destruction of intelligence he perishes.
Ponders on objects of the sense, there springs
Attraction; from attraction grows desire,
Desire flames to fierce passion, passion breeds
Recklessness; then the memory—all betrayed—
Lets noble purpose go, and saps the mind,
Till purpose, mind, and man are all undone.
—Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
"The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought."
"On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear."
"No good man is entirely good, and no bad man is entirely bad"
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— Bhagavad Gītā: Chapter 2, Verse 64
Translation: The self-controlled person, moving among objects, with [her,] his senses free from attachment and malevolence and brought under his own control, attains tranquility.