Material bondage is a restriction not in location, but in conception (Gita Daily)

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Published on Apr 28, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15, Text 08
By His Grace Chaitanya Charan Das

The word ‘bondage’ often evokes an image of someone bound to a particular location, say, a hostage tied to a chair.

Our bondage in material existence is not so gross. We can move across cities, countries and continents. Indeed, by transmigration, we can even move from one universe to another — a journey whose speed and scope eludes the laws of nature as known to mainstream science today.

Yet no matter how extensive our journeys, through them all we remain bound in our conceptions of life: we conceive of ourselves as material beings and believe that material things will make us happy. The Bhagavad-gita (15.08) states that we carry our basic conception of life from one body to the next.

At one level, our conceptions do vary from species to species. A soul in a dog’s body conceives of itself as a dog and views a bitch as its source of pleasure. A soul in a peacock body conceives of itself as a peacock and views a peahen as its source of pleasure. Yet despite such variations, the materialistic misconception has a common denominator, as the Gita’s next verse (15.09) indicates: the notion that the contact of the senses with the sense objects brings pleasure.

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