The defect of distraction distorts the defender into a defector (Gita Daily)

Published on Apr 29, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 68
By His Grace Chaitanya Charan Das

The life of a spiritual seeker is the life of a warrior — a warrior defending the territory of the consciousness against the forces of illusion. These forces attack from without as opportunities for sense indulgence and from within as memories of past indulgences.

In a normal war, the invaders usually try to destroy the defender. But as souls we are indestructible. So, the forces of illusion focus instead on destroying our spiritual convictions and replacing them with materialistic convictions so that we end up seeking pleasure in the very things that we earlier rejected as sources of misery.
Thus, the forces of illusion are like insidious invaders who beguile the conquered defenders into defecting so that they end up fighting against the very cause that they earlier fought for.
How do the forces of illusion bring about such a scary coup d’état in our consciousness?

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