The Dynamic Balance Between the ‘here’ and The ‘hereafter’ ! Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Aug 12, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 08, Text 07

The Bhagavad-gita declares the world we live in, the here, to be a place of temporality and misery and so deems the spiritual world, the hereafter, as the destination that the intelligent should aspire for. At the same time, the Gita’s central message is a call for connection, not rejection: the connection of the here with the hereafter, not the rejection of the here for the hereafter.

If we care only for the here, we will become attached to the here and blinded to the hereafter. If we care only for the hereafter, we will become apathetic and irresponsible about the here.
How do we achieve the dynamic balance between the here and the hereafter?

The Gita points to this balance when it (8.7) exhorts Arjuna to cultivate remembrance of Krishna and perform his prescribed duty of fighting. Generalizing this exhortation helps us arrive at the universal balancing principle: aspire wholeheartedly for the hereafter and act responsibly in the here.

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