Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 08
By Chaitanya Charan Das
The Bhagavad-gita (06.08) shares a puzzling recommendation: see stone and gold equally.
How is this possible?
To understand, let’s analyze the statement at three progressive levels:
1. Detached material level:
Gita wisdom indicates that the value of material objects is relative. For example, cricket is deemed valuable by Indians, but not Americans; baseball is deemed valuable by Americans, but not Indians. Fashions are another example. If a dress is dubbed fashionable, its value skyrockets. If it is dubbed unfashionable, its value nosedives.
This relativity of value extends to everything material — even paper currency, which many people consider objectively valuable. If economic upheavals cause currency devaluation, the notes remain, but their noteworthiness diminishes or even vanishes.
By dispassionately extending such material analysis to stone and gold, we can see the relativity of the value-tags assigned to them, and thereby see both equally.