Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 30
“Will these immoral thoughts ever go away?” Questions like these may trouble us devotee-seekers when temptations provoke us even after we have adopted purifying spiritual practices.
Surely, answers Gita wisdomreassuringly, provided we change our default thoughts from material to spiritual.
We have indulged in material and even immoral pleasures for a long time — in this life and in our previous lives. Consequently, our mind has developed a deep-rooted attachment to those pleasures. This attachment makes the dreams and schemes to achieve them our default contemplations.
These default contemplations don’t change even when we adopt spiritual practices. Why? Because we tend to engage in spiritual practices mechanically and expect our internal default thoughts to change by default. This faulty expectation makes us lax about exerting to purify our thought-life. Due to our internal laxity, we experience neither substantial satisfaction, nor tangible transformation — and so continue being dangerously allured by material temptations.