Watch the watchdog of conscience that watches for us and watches us

Watch the watchdog of conscience that watches for us and watches us

During our spiritual journey, we face dangers from worldly temptations. When we encounter things that seem delightful but are actually painful, our conscience acts like a watchdog, cautioning us against their allure.

Significantly, in our spiritual journey, the danger comes from outside as well as inside. Not only do temptations come towards us, but also we go towards them when we become bewitched by our lower desires. So, we need protection from ourselves. Our conscience offers this protection too, by keeping a watch on the territory of our consciousness, warning us whenever lower desires start penetrating and pervading it.

When the conscience is such an all-round watchdog that watches for us and watches us, why do we still fall prey to temptations?

Because we frequently don’t watch the watchdog – we don’t pay heed to the conscience’s voice.

The Bhagavad-gita (15.15) states that Krishna is the source of knowledge, remembrance and forgetfulness. As conscience is usually the subconscious recollection of the right choice based on our prior knowledge, we can infer that conscience ultimately comes from Krishna.

When we face temptations, Krishna lets us recollect or forget the right course of action according to our desires. If despite knowing through the conscience’s voice that a particular course of action is wrong we insist on choosing it, he reciprocates by blanking our awareness of the wrongness of the choice. When we thus neglect the conscience’s voice repeatedly, it gradually becomes muffled and muted.

Thankfully, Krishna’s reciprocity works the other way too. If we choose to hear the conscience’s voice, he reciprocates by making that voice louder, clearer and purer, thereby giving us greater strength to implement its counsel.

Thus, by staying attentive to the conscience’s voice, that is, by watching the watchdog, we benefit from the watch of the watchdog.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 15

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  1. Knowledge is a faculty that belongs exclusively to Lord Sri Krishna. Without His grace we don’t know anything. Krishna is like a wish fulfilling tree and He fulfills all of our desires by providing us with the necessary know-how. Therefore whatever we know comes from desire. The all-loving Lord Sri Krishna knows the minutest details of our innermost desires. When we give Him even the tiniest hint that we sincerely want to know Him, He wholeheartedly embraces us with so much Divine Love that we instantly become aware what our deepest desire is: exchanging Love with Him for the rest of eternity.

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  2. Krishna is like a desire tree. He knows the desires of all living entities as the Supersoul and he provides facilities to fulfill those desires. Such is His mercy. But when we sincerely desire to serve Him, He at once gives special attention towards us. He bestows upon us limitless causeless mercy. Such is our sweet Lord Krishna.
    Thank you very much for sharing the article.

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  3. Thank you prabhuji for excellent article.
    It make lot of sense.

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