Is the Purpose of Eating to Get Fatter, Subita Mataji (Gita Daily)

Published on Sep 20, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16, Text 15

Obviously not, we would unhesitatingly answer. We eat to get energy for pursuing worthwhile ends in life.
Gita wisdom urges us to apply this same reasoning to another fundamental human activity: earning money. Is the purpose of earning to get richer? Doesn’t answering no to this question seem a bit harder? That’s because our money-driven culture has made wealth a status symbol, an end in itself.

To grasp this point, let’s analyze: are people who flaunt their financial bounty much different from people who flaunt their physical obesity? Granted that our culture may make money-flaunters feel euphoric and fat-flaunters feel embarrassed. But, from the perspective of our real identity as souls, neither can provide us any real happiness. No wonder then that the Bhagavad-gita (16.15) declares those who seek money as an end, as a mere status symbol, to be deluded by ignorance (ajnana-vimohitah).


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