How long will we run away from Krishna (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 20, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 44

The Bhagavad-gita (6.44) indicates that those who have tasted the sweetness of Krishna, even if they subsequently get deviated from the path to him, are attracted back to himhelplessly.

As aspiring devotees, we have probably relished Krishna in one or other of his various manifestations: his holy name, his beautiful deity or, if nothing else, his delicious prasad. Despite having relished this sublime sweetness, our mind being addicted to materialism keeps impelling us toward mundane pleasures. Thus, our consciousness becomes the battleground for two opposing forces: consciously our mind goads us toward sensual pleasures, whereas subconsciously we know that none of these pleasures can satisfy us and so we long to taste again the joy of remembering Krishna.

Often, our mind deceives us and incites us to return to the same wanton enjoyment that we had earlier rejected because of its emptiness and pointlessness. As long as we let ourselves be deluded by the mind, we stay infatuated by worldly pleasures and keep running away from Krishna. But our flight from Krishna is inescapably doomed because our subconscious never lets us forget what we are missing. Even more significantly, Krishna doesn’t want us to return to the miseries of material existence. So, he personally arranges to repeatedly remind us of the sweetness of loving him and the tastelessness of loving anything else.

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