Are We letting Unnecessary Burdens Strain Us?(Gita Daily), Subita Mataji

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Published on Jul 01, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05, Text 23

We often feel strained by the pressure of having so many things to do.

Even if we have a heavy workload, our strain frequently comes not from our outer burden but from our inner burden.
What is our inner burden?

We are bombarded by continuous media images that sometimes whisper and sometimes scream to us how we should be: what we should wear, what gadgets we should have and so forth. We hanker and struggle to obey the dictates of the media, but over timepractical considerations force us to recognize grudgingly that we can't acquire most of these media ideals. Our inability frustrates us. This combined weight of hankerings and frustrationsis our innerburden; it strains us much more than the outer burden of our workload.

Among these two, decreasing the outer burden may not be in our hands, but decreasing the inner burden is. We just have to restrain ourselves by resolving internally to not be seduced by the media images. For this, the Bhagavad-gita (05.23) recommends that wetolerate the urges of hankering and frustration.

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