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We need emotional purification because we all have many blocks. We understand many things but when we really need wisdom in our lives, it's gone. We find ourselves helpless and confused because the flow of knowledge is blocked. 

We block our mental flow because we have not done enough emotional purification.

The problem is that we react rather than act. Action means you cultivate yourself. Reaction is when you are influenced and confused by situations. Reaction means that the power of certain circumstances will come into yourself, into your mind. For example, if I am mad at you, if you act you won't get mad back at me. If you react, you will be mad at me. You will shout exactly the same way because you have taken my anger. You reacted.

With action, you kept yourself calm and centered and did not get affected by my anger. A person who has not cultivated him or herself becomes angry or agitated by the same situation that makes a yogi laugh. A yogi means a person who has cultivated him or herself. You act rather than react.

If something happens to you and you keep that incident in your mind and you ruin your sleep, your eating, everything, you are poisoning yourself by reacting. 

You don't know why you got that way, why you reacted or why someone else reacted the way they reacted. The buddhi, the intellect, shuts down. Buddhi is the finest portion of our mind that is clear crystal. It acts as a mirror onto which the individual self constantly reflects. If we used our intellect, we would not react, we would only act. 

Life is full of circumstances, crisis, and problems for everybody. The Gita is there to teach us and give you the opportunity to rise. You are a temple, where you visit every day. You light a candle light at the heart center. You bow. You pay your homage to that inner dweller. You sit there. You meditate and receive the mental peace, shantih, then gently you come out from that temple and you do not leave it there. You take that peace everywhere you go. Every single action you do, you perform, you keep that peace in your mind. That is how you cultivate yourself.