There is more to us than what faces us
Suppose an unarmed civilian is facing an armed aggressor. The odds may seem hopeless. But if they discover that they have a weapon more powerful than their aggressor’s weapon, the odds will change dramatically in their favor.
In our life-journey, we sometimes face adversities that apparently have an atrocious advantage over us. At any moment, backstabbing friends, incurable diseases or unstoppable natural calamities may attack us. Our apparent powerlessness against such attacks may dishearten us so much that we just give up.
But we don’t have to give up. There’s more to us than what we normally perceive. We are not vulnerable bags of flesh battling alone in an uncaring world. Gita wisdom explains that we are indestructible spiritual beings, who are inalienable parts of the infallible whole, Krishna. The world’s attacks can hurt our shell – our body and mind – but they can’t even touch our core, our soul. And even when our shell is badly hurt, such injuries can still be means through which Krishna furthers his plan – provided we cooperate with that plan. Krishna’s plan is meant ultimately for our spiritual evolution toward lasting love and joy. And we can cooperate with his plan by spiritualizing our consciousness.
Amid life’s battles, our spiritual side is our untapped weapon that can dramatically change the odds in our favor. The Bhagavad-gita (06.22) assures that those who become spiritually situated stay undisturbed even amid great distresses.
However, we can’t become spiritually situated merely by gaining spiritual knowledge. We need to transform that knowledge into realization by regularly practicing yoga, especially bhakti-yoga. By such practice, we train our consciousness to rise to the spiritual level. With that game-changing training, we become equipped to raise our consciousness above life’s attacks, thereby facing those attacks wisely, maturely, effectively.
Think it over:
- In life’s battles, why may the odds seem heavily against us?
- When we are attacked, what is our game-changing weapon?
- Amid your battles, how can you become more spiritually situated?
06.22 Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty.
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