Not just believing, but belonging (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 20, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 35

The Bhagavad-gita (04.35) explains that when we become illumined by spiritual knowledge, we understand that we are Krishna’s, that is, we belong to him.

Many people may believe generally in God or even specifically in Krishna as God. This Gita verse indicates that its spiritual wisdom can take us far beyond believing in Krishna to belonging to him. When we believe in Krishna, we often tend to think of him as our facilitator and expect him to make things work for us. When we belong to Krishna, we recognize that he is our Lord and master, and realize that we are expected to make things work for him; we are to lovingly offer him our very selves and thereby become instruments of his will. Believing in Krishna can give us a sense of security, “He will protect me.” But belonging to Krishna gives us a sense of purpose: “He loves and values us so much that he believes I can be a part of his plan.”

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