The cunning combination of complacency, complicity and carnality consumes our conscience

Our conscience is our inner guard – it cautions us whenever we feel tempted to do anything unworthy. However, just as a carnivorous predator may consume a guard, so too can our inner guard of conscience be consumed by a cunning combination of complacency, complicity and carnality.

We all have carnal desires for selfish enjoyment. Such desires, the Bhagavad-gita (03.40) cautions, have based themselves in our senses, mind and intelligence. From there, they ravage our conscience. Here’s one of their modus operandi.

Carnal desires stimulated by sense objects seen with our senses or recollected with our mind enter our consciousness. Therein, they gain sway through our intelligence’s complicity. Intelligence muffles our conscience’s voice of protest through some spurious reasoning of how the indulgence is not all that wrong.

The ego thereafter comes into play by its complacency. It makes us believe that we are too smart or too powerful to have to face any consequences of our actions. And if we are practicing spiritual life, the ego gives a spiritual color to the complacency, arguing that even if things somehow go wrong, our many spiritual practices will protect us. What such complacency conveniently overlooks is that our spirituality is meant to protect us from indulgence in wrongdoing, not the consequence of wrongdoing. The Gita (03.06) cautions that pretender spiritualists put on a façade of renunciation while delighting in immoral fantasies internally.

By understanding how our conscience can be cunningly consumed and how that consumption can spell our destruction, we can vigilantly protect ourselves. How? Through regular introspection prompted and guided by scriptural study. Being thus reminded of the reality of things as they are, not as they are depicted by conscience-consuming illusions, we can choose prudently, hearing the warning of conscience and resisting the lure of immoral indulgence.

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  1. Most beautiful explanation, especially these words:

    “And if we are practicing spiritual life, the ego gives a spiritual color to the complacency, arguing that even if things somehow go wrong, our many spiritual practices will protect us. What such complacency conveniently overlooks is that our spirituality is meant to protect us from indulgence in wrongdoing, not the consequence of wrongdoing”.

    You are in touch with Paramatma no doubt, for having so clearly reading my mind.

    Thanks Prabhu for your service.

    Your servant
    Radhikesh das

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    • Thank you; I pray that one day I can come in touch with the Paramatma to better apply the many insights that he is somehow manifesting through this unworthy mouthpiece.

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  2. nice please keep itup

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