Take Exception to The Hope For an Exception, Subita Mataji (Gita Daily)

Published on Sep 22, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 16

Our mind gets excited by any chance for material enjoyment. We have repeatedly experienced for ourselves that material enjoyment is at best an exasperating anti-climax, that it never lives up to the hype, that it is not worth getting excited about.Still, the mind never learns the lesson even after repeated experience. It may sometimes admit perfunctorily that our past attempts for enjoyment have failed, but it still believes that our future attempts will be successful. Thus, it claims that next time will be an exception to the general pattern of frustration.

In contrast with the mind’s unreasonable claims about an imminent exception, Gita wisdom is far more reasonable in echoing our hard-nosed, real-life experience of the emptiness of material enjoyment. The Bhagavad-gita (3.16) states that the attempts for material enjoyment simply waste our life (indriyaramo mogham partha sa jivati). This resonance of scriptural testimony with our personal experience holds immense potential for empowering our intelligence.


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