Are we desiring the worthy or the trendy?

Our capacity to desire is our most powerful resource, second only to our capacity to access Krishna’s grace. Our desires shape our life’s direction and destination; our past desires have molded us into what we presently are, and our present desires will mold us into what we will be in the future. 

Unfortunately, despite the defining role that desires play in our life, we often imprudently squander their power. The Bhagavad-gita (14.12) states that when we are predominatedby the mode of passion, we become constantly inundated by desires to try out something new. We frequently let our desires be determined by trendiness rather than worthiness; we desire that which is praised in the current social mirror rather than that which is prized in the eternal spiritual meter. Consequently, we end up desiring and sweating for petty trinkets and paltry titillations that are entirely unworthy of our spiritual sanctity or even our human dignity. This colossal waste of desires cumulates into a tragic waste of an entire lifetime, when death forces us to leave behind all that we have desired and achieved. 

Gita wisdom protects us from such a tragedy by revealing that which is truly worthy: our eternal loving relationship with Krishna. When we direct and focus our immense power of desire on loving and serving Krishna, then the resulting devotional credits become our eternal and eternally increasing assets. Thus, our desires become the cause of not repeated disappointment but perennial fulfillment.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Text 12

“O chief of the Bharatas, when there is an increase in the mode of passion the symptoms of great attachment, fruitive activity, intense endeavor, and uncontrollable desire and hankering develop.”

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