Complement spirit with spirituality for complete success (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 09, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Text 46

“I will never give up; I will keep fighting till I succeed.” Those with such spirit who succeed against insurmountable odds often become heroes.

Fierce tenacity is laudable and even essential for achieving anything glorious.

To raise our drive to achieve to a higher level, indeed, to the highest level, Gita wisdom urges us to complement spirit with spirituality. That is, it calls upon us to channelize our fighting spirit into the ultimate cause — the cause of relishing and sharing everlasting spiritual bliss.

We are souls meant for eternal happiness. However, today’s materialistic culture seduces and reduces our definition of success to material success. So, even if we overcome herculean odds and succeed, we gain at best temporary happiness, for everything material is temporary.

If we want achievement to bring lasting fulfillment, we need to expand our definition of success to include the spiritual level. This doesn’t require us to renounce everything material; it simply requires that we subordinate and integrate the material with the spiritual. The Bhagavad-gita (18.46) urges us to reinvent our work as a form of worship of Krishna, the ultimate spiritual reality who is the source and sustainer of everything material.

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