The assumption of responsibility in our inner life begins with challenging our ass.. (Gita Daily)

Published on Feb 14, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 05
By Chaitanya Charan Das

Our spiritual advancement centers on our taking greater responsibility for our inner life. This assumption of responsibility begins with challenging a core assumption about our inner life — the assumption that the feelings inside us are our feelings.

As long as this assumption stays unchallenged, we act on shortsighted feelings and end up doing unworthy things.
But challenging this assumption is not easy. After all, if the feelings inside us are not our feelings, then what are our feelings? Phrased more provocatively, if what is inside me is not me, then what is me?

Gita wisdom answers that the me is surely inside me, but someone else is there too — someone who’s running the show; someone who has usurped our rightful position in our inner world, relegating us to a minor and largely passive role of acquiescing to its actions. That usurper is the mind. It is like an auto-run software program that uses as default settings our past choices for worldly enjoyment.

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