Weaken your weaknesses – don’t let your weaknesses weaken you

In a war, an army wins not just by the determination of its soldiers fighting on the forefront, but also by the steadiness of the food supplies in the background. Only if these supplies are consistent can the soldiers fight properly.

In our spiritual life, we face a regular inner war with our weaknesses such as lust, anger and greed. We frequently resolve to win this war. Yet when the moment of confrontation comes, these enemies act through our mind to overpower us.

What can we do?

If we keep fighting without a better strategy, we will simply get beaten again and again. So we need to retreat and rethink our strategy. If our inner enemies are overcoming us, that means they are stronger than us. To improve our prospects, we need to become stronger than them. For that, we need to ensure that our food supply stays uninterrupted and their food supply becomes repeatedly interrupted, preferably entirely stopped.

What does this mean practically?

Devotional activities such as scriptural study, mantra meditation and saintly association are the food for us souls. Our sensory indulgences and our mental contemplations on sense objects are the food for our weaknesses.

If we become discouraged by our inability to win over our weaknesses and become halfhearted in our devotional activities, we let our weaknesses weaken us. Instead, if we maximize and intensify our devotionally nourishing activities, we strengthen ourselves. Additionally, if we minimize our exposure to materially agitating stimuli, we weaken our weaknesses. The Bhagavad-gita directs us toward such intelligently chosen activities when it (06.05) urges us to elevate, not degrade, ourselves with the mind.

By such sound planning of background strategy, we will be able to slowly but surely tilt the balance of power in our favor till we finally emerge victorious.

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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06 Text 05

Celebrate the commotion of emotion in the ocean of devotion
Process produces progress - focus on process, not progress

Author: Chaitanya Charan Das

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  1. Very precise explanation.
    War analogy is amazing giving better understanding.
    Devotional activities such as scriptural study, mantra meditation and saintly association are food for us souls.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

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    • This is very nice explanation very inspiring.
      Awakening the need to fight a real war by identifying oneself a strategic warrior against inner enemies.
      Very fitting analogy.
      Thank you very much.

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  2. Hare Krishna Prabhuji !!!

    Very Very Meaningful & Useful with a very good example !!

    The devotees like me who are not in association regularly must try to implement this to avoid their deviation from the Spiritual Path.


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  3. Very good explaination.. Liked the point of intensifying the devotional service and minimizing the exposure to things that weaken us .
    I have seen that the general tendency is to intensify when something bad happens or when things are not going our way. How do we not be complacent when things are going well?

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