Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 34
“Is this just the way I am? Am I a prisoner of my past?” Gloomy thoughts like these may haunt us when we fail in our resolutions to give up our past bad habits.
Gita wisdom offers us the empowering insight that we are products but not prisoners of our past. The Bhagavad-gita (3.34) indicates that, though our past actions have embedded themselves as our present attachments and aversions, we are not slaves of these mental inclinations. Our default likes and dislikes can only push us; they can’t force us. We can prevent a push from becoming a compulsion by activating our internal power to counter-push.
To activate this counter-pushing power, we need to align ourselves with scriptural guidelines that give us access to higher powers.