Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 58
“If I give up all my desires and just fulfill Krishna’s desires, won’t I be stripping myself of everything that makes me significant as a person?” Apprehensions like these may check us on the devotional path.
Surprisingly, Gita wisdom asserts that this fear of insignificance is what traps us in insignificance. Let’s see how.
The Gita begins by explaining that we are souls who are presently misidentifying with the body due to the insidious influence of the false ego. Under the spell of the false ego, we mistake its desires to be our own desires. This misjudgment makes casting those desires aside seem like giving up something very significant.
However, if we unsentimentally contemplate the false ego’s desires, we will realize that fulfilling them will yield insignificant results: we might at best get some fleeting pleasure that will keep us bound to material existence like countless other living entities. That’s why as long as we stay wedded to those desires, we sentence ourselves to obscurity in material existence and thereby seal our pact with insignificance.