A pile of toys is not worth a pile of troubles
Some children have toys piling up in their rooms. Still, they crave more and more toys. And if they can’t get one new toy, they throw a tantrum.
Tragically, some people never outgrow their childhood phase – just their toys change to gadgets, cars, houses and so forth. The Bhagavad-gita (16.13-15) characterizes this insatiable possessive mentality as ungodly: such people dream and scheme to get more and more. When they can’t get what they want, the tantrums they throw can assume deadly forms – they may even stoop to murdering their rivals.
Being deluded by ignorance, they can’t see that whatever they accumulate will be left behind at death, with only their bad karma accompanying them to cause afflictions in their post-mortem destinations. Even in this life, they suffer immense anxiety in trying to hold on to their toys amidst life’s inevitable uncertainties, as well as in struggling to get all the toys they don’t yet have. The Gita (16.16) indicates their distressed, dissipated condition – their mentality is hellish, as is their future destination. Seeking a pile of toys, they end a with a pile of troubles
If we just reflect calmly, we can understand that a pile of toys is not worth a pile of troubles. Assisting such reflection, Gita wisdom explains that we are eternal spiritual beings who are on a journey of spiritual evolution that spans many lifetimes. And our ultimate purpose is to help our consciousness evolve in wisdom and love. For facilitating our spiritual evolution, the Gita recommends the time-honored process of bhakti-yoga which links our consciousness with our source and Lord, Krishna, as the ultimate reality.
When we possess him in our heart in the sense that our devotion enables him to steadily perceive his indwelling presence, that divine possession provides us life’s supreme satisfaction.
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