Don’t raise your eyes alone – raise your heart too

When we face overwhelming problems in life, we may lift our eyes and look for help from higher powers, ultimately from God, Krishna.

Such lifting our eyes above life’s routine realities is auspicious; it indicates that we have accepted that forces higher than the human are for real and can make a real difference. The Bhagavad-gita (07.16) appreciates such people who approach Krishna as pious.

While the mitigation of our problems does provide some relief, unfortunately, no worldly relief lasts for long. Some or the other problem soon comes up. Our vulnerability to such disruptions stems from our misdirected desire. We are souls who are eternal parts of Krishna. Though we are meant to love and serve him, we are craving for worldly things. But these things are inherently temporary, so they are incapable of providing us lasting shelter.

If we are fortunate, we understand by studying the Gita that Krishna is the embodiment and fulfillment of all our heart’s desires. Whatever has attracted us gets its attractiveness from Krishna, as the Gita (10.41) informs us. Understanding this inspires us to seek him as our ultimate goal, not as a means to something else that presently rules our heart.

Thus, we raise not just our eyes but also our heart. That is, we strive to make Krishna our most desirable object by practicing bhakti-yoga diligently. When we thus enthrone him as the Lord of our heart or at least cherish him as our loftiest aspiration, then we experience a sublime peace and empowerment in our inner connectedness with him through devotional remembrance.

Aptly, the Gita (07.19) declares that those who devote themselves to Krishna are enriched with knowledge (jnana-van); they surrender wholeheartedly to him, thus deserving and receiving the worthy epithet of being great souls (mahatmas).

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  1. Hare Krishna Prabhu,
    Thank you very much for your wise thoughts that enable us to understand the Bhagvad Gita and Krishna,

    Haribol

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  2. only KRISHNA BHAKTI will raise your heart.

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  3. Hare Krishna,
    Gita Daily has been such an integral part of my daily life. Your relevant shlokas and explanations are thought provoking. I live in a rural setting, and read Gita Daily many times in a day. There’s a kind of peace which I attribute to reading of Gita Daily. I look forward to it everyday. I am grateful to you’ll and thank you very much.

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