Are we wasting our desires ! Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Jul 29, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16, Text 12

Green consciousness has made us increasingly aware that natural resources are limited and so need to be used carefully
Yet there is one natural resource that we keep squandering indiscriminately. That grossly overspent resource is not a collective, global resource, but an individual, local resource: our power to desire.

This power to desire is actually the only resource that we can call truly our own; all other resources come temporarily under our partial control and then soon go out of control. But the power of desire is something that is always ours as long as we live.
Unfortunately for most of us, this power is dissipated fruitlessly; we consciously or subconsciously expend it on any good-looking object that passes our vision or imagination. This thoughtless exertion of the power to desire frequently results in our own exhaustion. Additionally, the Bhagavad-gita (16.12) states that the power of these desires, once triggered unrestrainedly, overpowers our moral sense and drags us into self-destructive actions. One spinoff of such self-defeating actions is the rampant eco-destruction that has assumed alarming proportions in recent times.

If we wish to manage our desires more productively, the Bhagavad-gita stands ready to educate and train us in desire management.

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