Are we shrinking our options for happiness (Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 25, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 69

Cutting-edge technology prides itself for opening new avenues for enjoyment: so many TV channels, websites andvideo games, for example.

However, might the freedom offered by the opening of these multiple avenues be more delusional than substantial? This is the surprising and daring proposition of Gita wisdom. Let’s try to understand its rationale.

We are spiritual beings encased in material bodies. Therefore, as the Bhagavad-gita (02.69) indicates metaphorically, we have two essential options for happiness: material and spiritual. The materialist option has many avenues that allure us with fantasies of endless enjoyment. However, as we explore these avenues for material happiness, we soon recognize a common pattern in all those avenues: the promise of material enjoyment rarely completes the journey from imagination to actualization. The enjoyment that we experience always turns out to be far lesser and poorer than our anticipation. The more we exhaust the avenues for material enjoyment, the more we understand by intelligence or experience or a combination of both that the materialist track to happiness is a dead-end.

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