The mind can impel, but not compel (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 13, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 06

The Bhagavad-gita (06.06) points out the two opposite roles that the mind can play in shaping our destiny: if controlled, it can be our friend; if uncontrolled, it can be our enemy.

This verse implies that we can control the mind if we decide to. This may seem impossible, especially when it wildly and repeatedly disrupts our normal functioning. However, it will become entirely possible if we empower ourselves with a critical guiding insight: the mind can never take the steering wheel from us. The body is like a car and the soul, the driver.In our bodily car, we are always in the driver’s seat.

But we have a default traveling partner sitting permanently next to us: our mind. It constantly proposes dangerous ideas of where we should travel, and fabricates crazy images of the pleasures that we will get there. By its propositions and fabrications, it prompts, prods, pushes, pinches and punches us to fulfill its wanderlust. However, as we are in the driver’s seat, itcan only impel us, never compel us.

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