What we hold mentally holds us mentally Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

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Published on Jul 26, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 62

Our media continuously offers us high-octane sensory stimulation, especially for our eyes. As compared to the rapidly changing and colorfully overdressed images that are dished out to us on TV serials, movies and commercials, the sensory fare provided by daily real life appears poverty-stricken. Consequently, our mind plays truant from real life at every possible opportunity, preferring to dwell on the titillating images on display in our mental gallery.

This mental truancy may initially seem to be just a pleasant and harmless distraction. But Gita wisdom alerts us about the dangerous consequences of such distractions. The Bhagavad-gita (2.62)(02.63) outlines step-by-step the process by which our thoughts gain an unstoppable momentum that steamrolls our moral and intellectual safeguards, and propels us to self-destruction. When we hold on to an image mentally, we give it a foothold in our mind. And before we realize it, the foothold becomes a full-hold. The dream of enjoyment conjured by the image makes us oblivious to all other considerations and propels us toward its fulfillment, be it moral or immoral, prudent or imprudent. Often, this short-sightedness ends in tragic self-destruction.

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