Do Not Make a Virtue Out of Alienating People (Gita Daily)

Published on Sep 22, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 26

When we adopt spiritual practices seriously, we soon gain a bit of self-mastery. This self-mastery may create within us a sense of moral superiority that impels us to flaunt how different we are from others: “I don’t indulge in any of the materialistic so-called pleasures that they do.”People rarely like anyone who looks down at them. When people see such a condescending attitude in a devotee of God, it turns them away from not just that person but also God. When people thus become alienated, we may be tempted to make a virtue out of their alienation: “This only proves how degraded they are.”

To protect us from all such temptations, Gita wisdom stands ever-ready. The Bhagavad-gita (3.26) urges us to not agitate the minds of people (na buddhi-bhedam janayed) who are spiritually uninformed (ajnanam) and materially attached (karma-sanginam).
Let’s understand the profound rationale behind this pacifist-seeming recommendation:

1. Most people in this world will be materialistic because this is, after all, the material world.


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