Am I free to choose my definition of happiness (Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 25, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 64

The Bhagavad-gita (2.64) indicates that harmonizing our lifestyle with scriptural regulations is the way to happiness. Some of us may feel that regulating ourselves will take away our freedom to enjoy life. Gita wisdom responds by gently pointing out that we have already been deprived of a far more fundamental freedom: the freedom to choose our definition of enjoyment.

The stealing of this freedom by our culture is so stealthy and insidious that most of us don’t even realize that we have been robbed. The pressure of conforming to prevailing cultural norms is so overwhelming that most of us just accept that the materialistic, often hedonistic, pleasures popular today comprise the actual definition of enjoyment.

Is this definition of enjoyment correct?

If it were, then why do we encounter contrary facts like the following?

1. The champions of such enjoyment are themselves plagued with sufferings that range from depression to suicidal urges.

2. Our own experiences of these enjoyments have always been an anti-climax: we have not got even a small fraction of the hyped pleasure.

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