Count your blessings – and make your blessings count

Count your blessings – and make your blessings count

Suppose patients get the right medicine, but don’t value it. Or suppose they value it but don’t take it. Either way, they continue suffering.

These two pitfalls correspond to the absence of the two dimensions of gratitude – as an emotion and as an action. When we get something precious, we need to feel grateful and count our blessing. And we need to act gratefully by using it and thus making our blessing count.

All of us are sick with spiritual amnesia, wherein we forget our spiritual identity as eternal souls and suffer the miseries of birth, old age, disease and death. To cure our amnesia, Gita wisdom offers the therapy of bhakti-yoga centered on cultivating devotional remembrance of Krishna.

When we get the opportunity to remember Krishna by say chanting his names, we unfortunately don’t feel grateful or don’t act gratefully. Either we neglect chanting, for we mistake it to be a mere cultural ritual. Or we value it for the egoistic satisfaction derived by preaching its greatness – so we focus on intellectually proving its glory without cultivating Krishna’s remembrance ourselves.

Sanjaya exemplifies both the emotion and the action of gratitude. His grateful feelings are evident in his recollection of his spiritual mentor Vyasadeva, whose mercy enabled him to hear the Gita (18.75). They are also manifest in his effusive appreciation of the Gita’s message as wonderful (18.74 :adbhutam), ecstatic (18.74roma-harshanam) and most confidential (18.75param guhyam). And his grateful actions are evident in his immediately becoming absorbed in remembering Krishna in the subsequent verses (18.7618.77).

When we value each opportunity to remember Krishna, we count our blessings. And when we use each such opportunity to cultivate Krishna consciousness, we make our blessings count. By such grateful practice of bhakti-yoga, we gradually transcend material miseries, till we finally transcend material existence entirely.

Bhagvad Gita Chapter 18 Text 75

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  1. Thank you Pr for sharing this article, yes Pr one should be always grateful for his blessings received from Bhagavan Sri Krishna

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  2. Hari Bol,

    As usual very well written and explained.
    One thing which is very touching and eye opener for me is this statement ” we value it for the egoistic satisfaction derived by preaching its greatness – so we focus on intellectually proving its glory without cultivating Krishna’s remembrance ourselves”

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  3. Hare Krishna it’s our great pleasure and fortune to read bg shook daily anywhere any time

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  4. Dear Prabhuji,

    Nice article.Mere mechanical chanting is no good.Best is devotional musical tunes of the Mahamantra set to dancing notes as well. A typical cassette and cd is naam Arpan.This makes the whole excercise most effective and most blissful.Hare krishna.As far as chanting is concerned the chanting fingers are connected to the hypothalmus and cortex of the brain, which confers additional bliss as each bead is chanted.

    your humble servant

    Gadadhar.

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  5. Hare Krishna Prabuji,

    Please accept my humble obeisances!

    All glories to Srila Prabhupad!!!

    I would like to humbly request your mercy to add my email ID in Gita Daily news later.

    Hare Krishna, Hari Bol!!
    Vinit Thakur

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