Information is not enough in formation of character (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 17, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13, Text 08-12

We may have seen normal, sensible people suddenly act abnormally and insensibly. They knew well the harms of what they were doing — or at least they knew it before and after their deed. Yet they did it anyway. Why?

Gita wisdom helps us understand that our actions are determined not just by the information that we carry in our heads, but also by the character that we cultivate in our hearts. The Bhagavad-gita (13.08-12) describes knowledge in telling terms: not as the degrees that comprise our information base, but as the qualities that comprise our character base.

How can we develop this character-centered knowledge?
Gita wisdom aids us in forming and reforming our character by showing us the fastest expressway to developing virtuous qualities. By our own individual, determined efforts, we may be able to develop some virtues. But we will get quicker and better results if we complement those efforts with a parallel effort to connect with Krishna, the embodiment of all qualities in their fullest and best manifestation.

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