Are we becoming a society of materialistic fanatics ? Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

Published on Jul 29, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16, Text 13-14

Rampant corruption and blatant inequitycharacterize our current socioeconomic system. What is their cause?

They are symptoms of the materialistic fanaticism afflicting humanity. Just as religious fanatics care for nothing and no one except their twisted religious beliefs, materialistic fanatics care for nothing and no one except their materialistic agendas for self-aggrandizement.
The Bhagavad-gita outlines (16.13-15)the psychology of such materialistic zealots: they don’t feel any hesitation in slaughtering their own morality and even the lives of other people on the altar of their materialism. This description in the Gita is chillingly reminiscent of the cold-blooded manipulation, exploitation and destruction of enemies that is routine for many of today’s financial barons.

The Gita prefaces this description by stating the fundamental misconception that underlies their heartless and horrendous materialism. It describes (16.08)(16.09)their non-spiritual, even anti-spiritual, worldview that rejects the existence of God and the soul. Because they conveniently dismiss out of existence the spiritual dimension of life, no control valve is left to check their untrammeled materialism. The Gita notes (16.17) that their religious pretensions, if any, are just a utilitarian mask.

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