Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 52
We live at the receiving end of a massive propaganda blitz from our materialistic culture. Most people simply blow whichever direction the cultural winds fly, as is graphically seen in how their likings change so quickly according to the fashions.
In such a cultural scenario, a few people stick to their own ways of living, saying that they want to be true to themselves.
This sentiment is good, but Gita wisdom emphasizes, we need tofirst, know what the true self is: the soul. We are presently covered internally by our mind’s conditionings and externally by our culture’s conceptions. To be true to our self means to act according to our nature as souls, and delight in loving Krishna. For that, we need to counter both the outer cultural and inner mental influences by placing ourselves in aspiritually conducive environment and cultivating a devotionally receptive mindset.
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