Are we mistaking the goal to be the fuel (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 22, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12, Text 09

Some people doubt the benefit of daily mantra meditation: “What is the use of repeating the names of God mechanically and unfeelingly? Better to wait till we get that feeling and chant sincerely on those occasions.”

This doubt originates due to mistaking a two-way relationship to be one-way. Feeling can be a springboard for chanting, but chanting can also be a gateway to feeling. Let’s take a closer look at these two scenarios:

Feeling as a springboard for chanting: This scenario applies primarily for two categories of people. For the advanced and realized devotees, the feeling of devotion is a constant inner reality that gushes out as spontaneous chanting. For those who are devotionally inclined but are not seekers, an intense devotional stimulus or an unsolvable problem may sometimes induce the feeling of devotion and impel them to chant.

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