Will we have to lose everything before we lose our blindness?

Attachment makes us blind – blind to everything other than the object of our attachment.

The Bhagavad-gita (01.01) indicates this blinding power of attachment through its starting question, its only verse spoken by the blind Dhritarashtra. His biased enquiry about the fate of his forces reveals that his blindness went far deeper than the physical. He couldn’t see the obvious reality: the inevitable futility of defying the will of the Supreme. Hoping to avoid the unavoidable and attain the unattainable, he led his whole dynasty to an unnecessary fratricidal war that left millions dead and many more wounded or bereaved.

Dhritarashtra heard from his assistant Sanjay the same message of the Gita that Arjuna heard from Krishna. However, due to his attachment, he couldn’t be illumined. It was only after the war when he lost all his hundred sons and after many years of aging when he lost his dignity that he became receptive to hearing a similar message from his younger brother, the wise Vidura. He had to lose everything before he lost his blindness.

Might we be choosing a similar fate for ourselves? Obviously, we won’t condone anything as vicious, as did Dhritarashtra. But if we let ourselves become attached to worldly things, especially anti-devotional things that defy the will of Krishna, then we may have to lose everything. Not just once but maybe over many lifetimes. Till we agree to give up our blindness.

Gita wisdom offers us a far better alternative. If we give its profound message an open-minded hearing, we will discover therein a world of love centered on an all-loving Supreme. When we direct our love towards Krishna, then the resulting devotional attachment far from blinding us illuminates us. And it liberates us into a life of eternal fulfillment.

Bhagavad Gita

Let’s not renew what we need to remove
To minimize weariness, maximize wariness

Author: Chaitanya Charan Das

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  1. Prabhuji I was reading verse “Krishna rasamrta piba”. whenever i hear you or read your articles I feel strongly you are one of the intoxicated person who has drunk Bhagavat Gita (neat after neat). I am really inspired. please bless me so that i also get taste in understanding and implementing BG in my life. Thank You. Hare Krishna.

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  2. This is very inspiring and practical on bg 1.1 Thank you for sharing with us.

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  3. Very Inspirational and motivating.

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  4. Great Prabhu ji, Hare Krishna

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  5. very good explanation. I imbibed a lot from it. Extremely motivating to continue the path of salvatoin. HARE KRISHNA.

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  6. Very nice explanation.

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  7. very good explanation.bless us

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  8. I am very much inspired by your deep insights into various slokas of Bhagavad Gita. For instance, you mention that if we too are attached as Dhritarashtra, we too may have too lose many things, may be not in one lifetime as Dhritarashtra lost, but in several life times until we agree to abide by will of Lord Krsna.
    When I try to corelate this with real life situations, it makes sense. I get a higher understanding of the fact that I am losing my game of life because my actions are not in accordance with will of Lord Krsna. Thank you very much.

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  9. Thank you very much for sharing such nectar from Bhagavad Gita. it inspires me to appreciate and read more and more such hidden nectars and also try to imbibe them in my life and also preach vigorously following in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada and Gita overs like yourself.

    thank you very much Prji.
    your aspiring servant

    Panchatattva Bhakta Das

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