We all have a fixed time span in this body. As per Bhagwat Gita, we are all spirit souls encaged in our bodies and wandering throughout the creation of god in search of real happiness.
In the pursuit of happiness, the living entities make all attempts within their capacity to extract the happiness from various objects in this world. The living entities run behind various objects which are pleasing to their various senses. For example, tongue is a sense that seeks various food items for its pleasure. For tongue, food is an object. Like that we have five senses for knowledge and five senses for work. All these want satisfaction from enjoying respective sense objects.
Most of our time goes in chasing sense objects for various senses: nice food, nice objects for seeing like films, etc. When people chase objects of enjoyment, they devise an economy which runs on GDP. How much is produced and consumed? Everyone is encouraged to consume more and more even if it means taking loans, hard work, beg and steal. People always will be in anxiety to get more objects and never satisfied with what they already have.
They suffer two major forces: Lamentation and hankering. They hanker for new objects and lament if they loose objects.
When one runs after increasing these objects like more cars, more buildings, more furniture, more mobiles, more gadgets, etc, they will not have time for any other higher purpose in life. We all have a fixed time with our current body. As sun sets and rises, one day is deducted from our life span. As soon as our life span exhausts, then we have to vacate this current body and move onto the next.
Shastras like Bhagwat Gita (BG) and Srimad Bhagavatam advises the human being to think of his real welfare. If he is a spirit soul, he should work for giving satisfaction to the soul also, not just sense satisfaction of the body. Running behind sense objects is for giving satisfaction of the body. But this, strangely, never satisfies the soul.
Bhagwat Gita explains that the soul is a part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. We are all sons or servants of the Supreme Lord. As long as our forgotten relationship with the Supreme Lord is not reestablished, we remain dissatisfied even if we are successful in acquiring many sense objects for satisfying the body.
Bhagwat Gita advises that we should balance the needs of the soul and the body. This balancing programme is called ‘Simple Living and High Thinking’ given by our Acharya His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of The Worldwide Hare Krishna Movement.
Since we have limited time in this current body, we should carefully use that time for advancement of our Krishna consciousness. One has to spend time for God. If we are preoccupied with our body and senses, then there won’t be any time and energy for spiritual advancement.
Hence, we should mould our lives in such a way that we advance in spiritual life and high thinking i.e., thinking of Krishna. We should keep our life simple: bodily necessities are kept simple, not to run behind more and more objects.
Srila Prabhupada has given a simple formula for thinking of Krishna always:
Just chant Hare Krishna mantra
‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare’ everyday at least 108 times and increase it to 16 rounds a day. This will give enough spiritual happiness and strength to reach Krishna soon.
Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa Prabhuji,
President of Hare Krishna Movement ,Hyderabad
Regional President of The Akshaya Patra Foundation ,Telangana & AP
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