We are dressed by and for our desires ! Subita Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Jul 29, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 22

Our desires determine and define us; we are, Gita wisdom indicates, dressed by and for our desires. Let’s see how:

Dressed by our desires: The Bhagavad-gita (2.22) compares the body to a dress and transmigration to replacing one dress with another. Just as our desires play a key role in determining our cloth dress, so they play a key role in determining our bodily dress. The Bhagavad-gita (8.6) indicates that our desire at the moment of death determines our next bodily dress. Thus, we become dressed by our desires.

Dressed for our desires: Our bodily dress is not only a product of our desires, but is also a vehicle for them. For example, if we have a dominant desire to eat indiscriminately, nature facilitates our desire by giving us the body of a hog that can gorge indiscriminately on stool. Thus the soul in a hog’s body is dressed for its desire to eat indiscriminately. Though all bodies may not seem as unpalatable as a hog’s, still every material body is a bad deal for us. Why? Because it subjects us, eternal blissful souls, to the inevitable miseries of material existence.

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