Seek not a problem free life, but a purpose filled life (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 13, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 09, Text 33

The endless problems of life may wear us out and make us long for a problem-free life. Such a longing, however, is unrealistic and unfulfilling. Let’s see how.

1. Unrealistic: The Bhagavad-gita (9.33) declares that the entire material existence is an intrinsically temporary and troublesome arena. Just as swimmers can never be dryin an ocean, we can never be problem-freein material existence.

2. Unfulfilling: We may dislike problems, but what we actually dread is purposeless problems. For example, patriotic individuals willingly, even eagerly, risk their lives to protect their country. They don’t dread becoming martyrs on a battlefield, but they dread becoming casualties in an accident before they reach the battlefield. The first is purposeful, fulfilling and even glorious, whereas the second is purposeless, unfulfilling and even ignominious.

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