07.24: Those who desire to be fused are confused

by January 22, 2012

The Bhagavad-gita (7.24) declares as unintelligent those people who consider the Supreme Person, Krishna, to be a temporary manifestation of the impersonal Brahman effulgence. They are intelligent enough to recognize that the imperfection and impermanence of all material persons makes all material relationships disappointing and frustrating. Unfortunately, they become overconfident due to having gained this insight and so extrapolate it beyond its valid jurisdiction. They erroneously assume that all persons per se will be marred by defects and deficiencies. Inferring incorrectly that real happiness will come only by going beyond the personal to the impersonal, they desire to fuse into that impersonal light.

Gita wisdom points out that those who desire to be fused are confused; they have confused their experience of reality with the totality of reality. They fail to recognize that beyond the impersonal light lies the spiritual person, Krishna, who is perfect and perennial. If they dare make that supra-personal divinity the ultimate object of their love, then their spiritual returns will go far beyond those offered by fusing into the impersonal: they will experience not just relief, but relish; not just peace, but pleasure; not just lull, but love; not just stasis, but ecstasies.


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