Quality of qualities: fairness

The word "equanimity" takes two terms that are already very indicative: balance and soul. Equanimity is therefore balanced mood, stable and constant mood, mood not subjected to large fluctuations ranging from excessive euphoria to despondency or depression. Write Ramiro Calle.


All the sages, both East and West, have considered it a quality of qualities. In a prominent yoga text, the Yoga Vashishtha, it can be read: "Equanimity is like ragweed, with an extremely pleasant taste".

When something is irreparable or irreversible, if one refuses to accept it and wants to discard it, he does a lot of harm to himself and wastes his best energies. It is not a question of fatalistic resignation, but of accepting the incontrovertible facts, that which is inestheusable. That's why the great sage Santideva declared: "If something has a remedy, you remedy it and don't worry; if it's hopeless, you accept it and don't worry."

The equal person sets all the conditions to promote the most favorable and suitable, but when the unfavorable comes and he cannot avoid it, he accepts it without generating greater tension, without torturing himself and without wasting his best energies. It's about the conscious acceptance of the inevitable. He even learns to strengthen himself with the thankless thing he can't avoid and turns enemies into allies.

There is an adage that reads: "The winds of the East are coming; come the winds of the West." The equal person prefers the pleasant but when the unpleasant arises, he keeps his spirits presto and calm and does not add suffering to suffering or torment. He knows that everything cannot control it and that it has to be learned is to control the serene attitude to the unpleasant and the inevitable inconveniences. It is an equal person who keeps his mind firm in the face of the gratifying and ungrateful, the gain and loss, the triumph and defeat, friendship and enmity, love and disloyalty, the encounter and the encounter.

As everything is mutable and changes, yet it maintains its mental balance; as everything is transient and life is full of vicissitudes (alternations) and everything is subject to the law of dualities (flatter-insult, etc.), it maintains its harmonious spirit despite all this. But equanimity is never selflessness, impassiveness, indifference or apathy, on the contrary. The equal person lives everything intensely, but does not cling to enjoyment or create hatred at the unpleasant, knowing that because there is one side there is the other.

Learn to let go

Equanimity reports calmness, vitality, balanced sensitivity and correct action. The person is freed from overreactions and also from exorbitant trends of attachment and abhorrence.

Equanimity must be worked on through the practice of meditation and correct discernment. Where does it come from? Clear and penetrative vision, that is, of lucidity. When one has a correct understanding and deeply understands that everything is subject to impermanence, an attitude of greater calm and equanimity springs up. The person learns to live everything intensely but without so much eagerness for possession, knowing that everything, in and out of one, is Transient and that we have to learn to let go, as we will even have to let go one day our body.

Yogis, for millennia, have always extraordinarily valued equanimity. All yoga techniques, including those of hatha-yoga, help to develop this attitude of balance so profitable for everyday life, where everything is contingent. Yoga, rightly so, has always been associated with the qualities of calmness, balance, inner peace, lucidity and therefore genuine equanimity. The true yogi, free from the nets of ignorance, sees things as they are and maintains its center even if everything around them is a tornado.

Calle Ramiro

RamiroCalleMore than 50 years has been Calle Ramiro teaching yoga. He began teaching at home and created an Academy of yoga correspondence for all Spain and Latin America. In January of l971 opened its Yoga Center Shadak, that have already passed more than half a million people. His 250 published works include more than fifty devoted to yoga and related disciplines. He has made Yoga the purpose and sense of his life, having traveled a hundred times to India, the homeland of yoga.

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