Are our assumptions about happiness depriving us of happiness (Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 25, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 05, Text 21

“I want to go closer to Krishna, but how can I give up happiness?” This fear often checks many of us who are seekers on the devotional path.

Gita wisdom counters our fear by informing us that what we have to give up is not happiness, but our assumptions about what constitutes happiness. We often assume that happiness means material happiness. However, Gita wisdom points out that this assumption is unquestioned and questionable. Let’s see how:
Unquestioned: Almost everyone around us both in real life and especially in the media glamorizes and pursues material enjoyment. This propaganda is so overwhelmingly convincing that we rarely, if ever, question it.

Questionable: The materialist propaganda never depicts that our bodily capacity to enjoy is limited inescapably. Material enjoyment being fleeting can never satisfy our longing for unending happiness, just as a drop of water can’t satisfy a thirst-parched person in a dreary desert.

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