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Digest #4756
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna


Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:29 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Don't let the mind show you what you are missing – show the mind what it is missing

Suppose we are traveling in a plane flying above beautiful natural scenery.. A friend sitting next to us is watching a movie and is asking us to watch it too. We can watch the movie and miss the scenery, or we can get them to join us in relishing the scenery.

During our life-journey, our mind is like that distracting friend; it is often caught in its own stream of thoughts. Whereas the outer movie may be enjoyable, the mind's movie, even if it starts off as titillating, ends up becoming boring or even distressing.

How can we stop watching the mind's movie? By understanding that each moment can offer us far richer experiences if we learn to live it in spiritual consciousness. The Bhagavad-gita explains that we are souls, parts of the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. Everything attractive manifests just a spark of his splendor (10.41). Whatever things our mind is missing, those things can offer us at best a drop of pleasure. But Krishna can offer us an ocean of pleasure – he is more attractive than the most beautiful natural scenery. And we can connect with him by practicing bhakti-yoga and spiritualizing our whole life.

Consider the ordinary experience of drinking water. The Gita states that Krishna is the taste of water (07.08). By training our consciousness to appreciate this truth, we can relish how he is manifesting in this thirst-quenching, health-enhancing, life-sustaining activity. By similar training of consciousness, we can perceive our entire life as permeated with divine presence, for Krishna is the underlying thread of truth in everything (07.07).

When we thus strive to become conscious of Krishna, our mind will gradually stop craving and carping over things in its imaginary world, and we will increasingly relish his sublime presence.

Think it over:

How does the mind distract us?

How can we spiritualize our daily experiences?

How can we relish Krishna's presence constantly?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-let-the-mind-show-you-what-you-are-missing-show-the-mind-what-it-is-missing/ https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-let-the-mind-show-you-what-you-are-missing-show-the-mind-what-it-is-missing/

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:29 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Don't just speak philosophy – seek the purpose of philosophy

The Bhagavad-gita (13.12) states that the purpose of philosophy is to understand the true nature of reality (tattva-jnanartha darshanam). Etymologically, philosophy means "love of wisdom" (philo means loving; sophia means wisdom). Wisdom culminates in understanding and harmonizing with reality.

However, people approach philosophy for different purposes. Some people speak it to exhibit their own cleverness. Others speak it to justify whatever they want to do. Still others such as academic philosophers speak it as a profession. In such cases, philosophy is frequently reduced to a tool for pursuing a worldly purpose, not for discovering life's ultimate purpose.

Consider the philosophical concept of destiny. It can be used to rationalize not doing the right thing or to persevere in doing the right thing, even if difficult. This can be seen through the contrasting examples of Dhritarashtra and Arjuna.

Before the Kurukshetra war, Dhritarashtra argued: "If the war were destined to happen, what could he, a tiny mortal, do in the face of almighty destiny?" Thus, he tried to justify his complicity in his son Duryodhana's nefarious activities.

In contrast, before the war, Krishna showed Arjuna through a mystical vision how all the Kauravas were destined to die (11.34). After beholding that vision, Arjuna didn't argue, "When destiny has already ordained their death, why should I do the painful duty of fighting against them? Destiny will anyway do what it intends." Instead, he did Krishna's will (18.73), becoming a divine instrument for establishing dharma.

What applies to the philosophical concept of destiny applies also to all of philosophy: it can be used to solidify one's dedication to dharma or to justify one's abdication of dharma.

When we approach philosophy to understand our place and purpose in the overall scheme of things, philosophy opens for us the door to a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Think it over:

What is philosophy? What is its purpose?

What do Dhritarashtra's and Arjuna's varying responses to destiny convey?

What are your purposes when you approach philosophy? How can you harmonize them with the actual purpose of philosophy?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-just-speak-philosophy-seek-the-purpose-of-philosophy/ https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-just-speak-philosophy-seek-the-purpose-of-philosophy/

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