We rarely do things without a reason, but reason is rarely behind the things we do Gita
Whenever anyone does anything stupid or terrible, if they are asked why they did what they did, they usually come up with some justification for their actions. Even criminals who have done ghastly deeds can rationalize their actions. We humans have been given enough intelligence to justify whatever we want to believe.
This principle applies to us too whenever we do any action. If we are to truly make wise choices and grow in our lives, we need to not just give us a reason for our actions, but also develop the ability to check whether those reasons are actually good. Good reasons means that the reasons are based on sound scriptural understanding which gives us time-honored ethical and spiritual values that help us mold our lives for our all-round growth.
Otherwise, we use our intelligence to arrive at understandings that are actually misunderstandings. And the most tragic misunderstanding is that whereby we mislead not just others, but we ourselves. Unreasonanble reasons are reasons that can make sense if we want them to make sense, but they don’t add sense – they don’t make us more sensible. And they don’t add value to our life – they make us fritter away our precious lives on frivolous activities at best and disastrous activities at worst.
The Bhagavad-gita (18.32) points to such understanding that foists and fosters misunderstanding is intelligence in the mode of ignorance. We need to raise our consciousness from the lower modes of ignorance to the higher mode of goodness and beyond it to transcendence, whereby whatever intelligence we have is used constructively, not destructively.
That’s why when we study and live scripture, our rational faculty complements our moral faculty contributing to our spiritual elevation, thereby ensuring that our reasons are not just sound but substantially transformational.
Think it over:
How do we come up with unreasonable reasons for our actions?
What reasons for our actions are good reasons?
How can we ensure that our reasons for our actions are good reasons?
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