Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 22
Materialists often challenge spiritualists: “Why do you spend so much time thinking about Krishna when all that thinking doesn’t give any tangible return?”
The key word here is ‘tangible.’ As today’s materialistic culture evaluates everything in terms of money, it makes us believe that returns are tangible only when they are financially measurable. However, the level of our thoughts determines our happiness as much as, if not far more than, the level of our finances. So, if our thought-level is improved, isn’t that improvement also a tangible return?
By this more realistic standard of tangibility, Krishna-thoughts offer four tangible returns:
Soothing: The uncertainties of life make us anxiety-ridden. Thinking about Krishna — the only ultimate certainty in existence — counters these anxieties and soothes our heart.
Satisfying: The endless parade of tempting objects that assault our senses makes us chronically discontented. Thinking about Krishna — the reservoir of all pleasure — eradicates this discontent and grants deep satisfaction.