ased on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 41
Our world is beset by various manias: filmstar-mania, sportstar-mania, musician-mania, to name a few. Some of us may have wondered: why do people spend so much of their hard-earned money, their precious time and especially their emotional energy on these ephemeral and fallible icons? Why can’t they see the irrationality and the profligacy of their mania?
Gita wisdom offers fascinating insights on this issue. The Bhagavad-gita (10.41) indicates that whatever we find attractive in the world derives its potency to attract from the all-attractive Supreme Lord, Krishna.This insight reveals the sense, the nonsense and the trans-sense of worldly mania:
The Sense: We recognize that the cause of maniac attraction is not the particular person, but the spark of Krishna that is manifesting through that person.
The Nonsense: We understand the futility and the tragedy of all worldly mania. A spark of fire can allure but never deliver the warmth available from the whole fire. Similarly, the temporary feats of worldly heroes can allure but never deliver the fulfillment of heart and upliftment of spirit available from the eternal and unlimited qualities of the supreme hero, Krishna.