Take the mind’s promises with a bucket full of salt (Gita Daily)

Published on Apr 03, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 06
By His Grace Chaitanya Charan Das

Whenever we see an ad promising a huge gain for a tiny price, we tend to become skeptical. Such skepticism is the understandable and desirable effect of living for years in a commercialized society out to get our money.

Yet when similar over-hyped promises of enjoyment come internally from our mind instead of externally from ads, we often cast aside our customary skepticism and get carried away.

Why do we believe our mind so uncritically?

Because we think that the mind is me. So, the mind’s ideas, we feel, aremy ideas. Once we take ownership of an idea, we become ready to do anything to implement it. Only later when the consequences show the counter-productivity, even the stupidity, of the idea do we wonder exasperatedly why we acted so irrationally. Such moments can help us see the wisdom in the Bhagavad-gita (06.06) recommendation that as long as the mind controls us, we should treat it like our worst enemy.

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