The soul is life’s amazing and empowering secret

When we come to know a pleasant secret, we feel amazed. Naturally therefore, we feel immensely amazed when we come to know life’s great secret. That secret is disarmingly simple: what we were looking for was always with us – we didn’t find it because we searched in the wrong places.

The Bhagavad-gita (02.29) indicates that when we come to know about the soul, we look upon it as amazing. We recognize that much of what we were seeking at the level of the body was always our own at the level of the soul.

We wanted to look beautiful at the level of the body. We were frustrated by the looks we were born with if those looks were not good enough. Or we were frustrated by the setting in of age which took away whatever good looks we had. Yet all along as souls, we had always been beautiful.

We wanted to attract the love of others at the level of the body. We were frustrated due to rejection by some, neglect by others and the demise of the few who had fulfilled that desire temporarily. Yet all along as souls, we had always attracted the love of the most loving and lovable person, Krishna.

We normally feel that others have caused our frustration. So, when we realize that we ourselves had caused our frustration by looking for beauty and love in the wrong places, we cannot but be amazed. With positive guidance from Gita wisdom, this amazement gives way to empowerment. We tap our dormant power to redirect our search from matter to spirit. By seeking happiness in our spiritual relationship with Krishna, we begin a fresh, glorious chapter in our life. Thereafter, life becomes a constant adventure of relishing and sharing the simplicity and the profundity of the amazing secret that Gita wisdom has revealed to us.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 29

“Some look on the soul as amazing, some describe him as amazing, and some hear of him as amazing, while others, even after hearing about him, cannot understand him at all.”

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