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Digest #4764
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Wed Sep 5, 2018 12:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The most damaging consequence of indulgence is nonchalance towards indulgence

Suppose a butcher's child kills an animal for the first time. Initially, his hand and heart may tremble: "How can I kill?" However, if he keeps slaughtering, the hesitation disappears with habituation.. Eventually, he may start cutting animals as nonchalantly as if he were cutting vegetables while cooking.

Indulgence fosters nonchalance towards indulgence. How? By weakening our conscience and intelligence, the inner voices that deter us from indulgence. Such nonchalance is indulgence's most damaging consequence. Why most damaging? Three reasons. First, nonchalance towards indulgence stays with us lifelong, even if the karmic sufferings resulting from indulgence end with time. Second, that nonchalance gets imprinted as an inner impression and goes with us to our future lifetimes. Third, that nonchalance worsens with every indulgence, making us vulnerable to increasingly deplorable indulgences.

When people become drug addicts, they initially spend their own hard-earned money to get drugs. But later, they may steal from their homes, then steal from others' homes, then rob others and then even kill others.

We all have our attachments. If we keep pandering to those attachments, we may gently glide down a slippery slope of increasing nonchalance. Consequently, the very things that we would have initially dismissed as unconscionable, we may eventually deem them acceptable.

The Bhagavad-gita (03.37) cautions that self-destructive desires such as lust can be all-devouring enemies: they can devour our spirituality, our morality, even our basic human sensitivity.

How can we protect ourselves from such nonchalance? By studying scripture to understand the gravity of indulgence – and, more importantly, the glory of transcendence. Gita wisdom reveals the supreme transcendental reality to be an all-attractive supreme person: Krishna. He is our greatest well-wisher, and we are his eternal parts. When we practice bhakti-yoga and relish his attractiveness, our pursuit of transcendence becomes resolute, taking us beyond indulgence.

Think it over:

Why is nonchalance towards indulgence the most damaging consequence of indulgence?

How may we end up deeming unconscionable things acceptable?

How can we protect ourselves from nonchalance towards indulgence?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/the-most-damaging-consequence-of-indulgence-is-nonchalance-towards-indulgence/ https://www.gitadaily.com/the-most-damaging-consequence-of-indulgence-is-nonchalance-towards-indulgence/

Wed Sep 5, 2018 2:18 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Don't be oblivious to your weaknesses, but don't be obsessed with them either

We all have strengths and weaknesses. To be oblivious to our weaknesses is dangerous.

Suppose our driving skills are not up to the mark, and we get unnerved while driving in stormy weather. If we stay oblivious to that weakness and drive nonchalantly in bad weather, we may court disaster.

Simultaneously however, to be obsessed with our weaknesses is demoralizing.. If we live in fear of bad weather, that paranoia would impede our driving ability even in normal weather.

By being oblivious to our weaknesses, we may rush into things that we can't do. But by being obsessed with our weaknesses, we may incapacitate ourselves when doing the things that we can do. Between these two extremes is the middle ground: a balance of vigilance and confidence. We seek to be vigilant about our weaknesses, while being confident about our strengths..

We can compare our shortcomings to the smoke around fire. By stoking fire expertly, we can minimize the smoke and utilize the fire. Similarly, by managing ourselves expertly, we can minimize our weaknesses and use our strengths.

The same principle applies to our spiritual journey too, wherein inner materialistic impressions are our weaknesses. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita recommends that we stay away from tempting sense objects (02.58). Yet if we stay obsessed with those objects, that obsession will make us feel deprived, thereby triggering relapse (02.59). Therefore, the Gita (02.61) recommends that we focus not on renouncing sense objects but on connecting with Krishna, our all-attractive, all-powerful, all-loving Lord. Focusing on him empowers us to restrain our unavoidable weaknesses and purifies us of our eliminable weaknesses. Gita wisdom assures that our connection with Krishna is our greatest strength.

Thus, we can integrate both vigilance towards our weaknesses and confidence in our strengths by focusing on the supreme transcendence.

Think it over:

What are the extreme and balanced attitudes towards our weaknesses?

How does focusing on Krishna help us to deal with our weaknesses?

How does bhakti wisdom incorporate both vigilance and confidence?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-be-oblivious-to-your-weaknesses-but-dont-be-obsessed-with-them-either/ https://www.gitadaily.com/dont-be-oblivious-to-your-weaknesses-but-dont-be-obsessed-with-them-either/

Wed Sep 5, 2018 1:02 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Young Prahlada constantly chanted the name of Narayana with faith and love when faced with innumerable hardships. He was pushed from the mountain top and thrown into the sea, trampled upon by huge elephants and bitten by poisonous snakes. But not even once did he give up chanting the name, Narayana. He had total faith that God was within him. Prahlada's faith and love melted the Lord's heart, and He rushed to His rescue and manifested Himself. Prahlada stands testimony to the verse of Gita that true devotion lies in being in a state of equanimity during both pleasure and pain. (Sukha-duhkhe same kritva labhalabhau jayajayau: remain equipoised in happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, victory and defeat). Such equanimity can be attained only through selfless love - it is the fundamental force. Once you develop selfless love within, you will never hate anybody. Give up your ego and lead your life with love. There is no greater devotion than this. Sri Satya Sai Baba

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