What exactly is समत्वम्ं Samathvam?
Once you achieve समत्वम्ं Samathvam you become a Yogin (Yogi).
Becoming a Yogin is the highest ideal of the Gita and the highest ideal of mankind and humanity.
This is what the Gita says about one who has mastered the ध्यान Yoga and achieved समत्वम्ं Samathvam:
The Yogin is greater than the Ascetic,
he is considered greater than the man of knowledge,
greater than the man of ritual works.
As Shyam Sundar Goswami said in his wonderful book about his named Master’s teaching:
A yogi can be in the forests of the Himalaya or in a big city;
a real yogi is unconcerned with his own environment as he is with himself.
A person who sincerely and consistently practices ध्यान will realise the true form of ब्रह्मन् which is mainly समत्वम्ं Samathvam (equanimity), compassion and mercy.
You will only bring out your divine nature and develop Samathvam (equanimity), compassion and mercy to achieve oneness with ब्रह्मन् (Brahman) by the sincere and sustained practice of ध्यान (Dhyan or Dhyana).
It does not matter which religion you belong to, all religions finally preach the same thing:
Oneness or Union with Brahman and Brahman’s creation.
Once you achieve follow and practice ध्यान (Dhyan) and achieve Oneness with Brahman, you achieve the highest goal and ideal in the Gita:
समत्वम्ं Samathvam or Equanimity.
The Bhagavad Gita says in (II.48):
“Perform your duty with equanimity, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure.
Such equanimity (Samathvam) is called Yoga.”
समत्वम्ं योग उच्यते (Samathvam Yoga Ucyate)
If we want to achieve anything great in life, we require yoga (समत्वम्ं Samathvam) for control over the mind, equanimity of thoughts, and dexterity in action.
You must be the same in thought, practice and preaching.
The highest ideal in the Sanathan Dharma is to become a Yogi who has achieved:
समत्वम् Samathvam or Equanimity.
The key point that is stressed repeatedly in the Gita is समत्वम् Samathvam:
Equanimity or even mindedness.
समत्वम् Samathvam means that one should treat their enemies the same as they would treat their friends and family.
समत्वम् Samathvam means that one should treat a bucket of manure and a pot of gold equally.
समत्वम् Samathvam means that one should treat death same as they would treat birth.
समत्वम् Samathvam means that they should treat pain same as they would treat pleasure.
समत्वम् Samathvam is extremely difficult to practice.
But once you reach समत्वम् Samathvam, you unite with Brahman and achieve Moksha (NO THING or Shunyata).
Moksha (NO THING Shunyata) means freedom from Vasanas or permanent release from the influence of Karma.
Unlike the Abrahamic religions, where the ultimate reward is a heaven or paradise filled with material pleasures or 7th century Arab sexual fantasies, the ultimate goal of the Sanathan Dharma is Moksha (NO THING Shunyata)
So finally, its all about nothing 🙂
After all the hard work you put in to understand and practice the Sanathan Dharma hopefully you would have achieved nothing 🤦
I have named my son Samathva, a variant and easier to pronounce word than समत्वम्ं Samathvam.
What I have noticed is that all young children are naturally endowed with समत्वम्ं Samathvam.
They are inborn and naturally endowed to be the highest ideal of mankind.
We get distracted by their crying, but remember the saying:
Only the crying baby gets milk.
But if you disregard the crying, they are much better than adults who have already been corrupted by the “wonder” of our FUKUS based education system.
We should value and treasure and honour our children.
For them to retain their naturally endowed state of समत्वम्ं Samathvam we must impart them a True Education.