What Comes Fast Doesn’t Last; What Does Last Doesn’t Come Fast, Harinaam Prabhu (Gita Daily)

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Published on Sep 27, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05, Text 21

Our culture allures us with the promise of immediate pleasure: “Eat this, smell this, touch this — and you will enjoy real fast.”
Material pleasures may come fast — just by the contact of the senses with the sense objects. But they never last. Because the capacity of the sense objects to give pleasure is limited, as is the capacity of the senses to enjoy pleasure.

Though we get on to what is touted as the fast track to enjoyment, we never reach destination enjoyment. We may enjoy a bit, but it’s so tiny and transitory that we just can’t believe that there’s nothing more. So we keep going on the same beaten path, hoping to find a pleasure that will be fast and will also last. The wise recognize this hope to be a delusion and do not indulge in it, as the Bhagavad-gita (05.22) indicates.

Obviously, our wisdom is meant not to deprive us of happiness, but to help us to get the best happiness — spiritual happiness.

 

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