Some think only of themselves. Their health, prosperity, possessions, comforts and pleasures are their main concern. The pressure of the social instincts naturally implanted in man, make him think of his family, country and the instruments of his enjoyment called friends.
All these instruments play one and the same tune, direct or indirect selfsatisfaction. Old friendships are forgotten in a moment if they clash with self-interest.
This is how the vast majority of men behave. The clever hide their self-interest under some ideology or so-called duty. Hitler pursued personal power in the name of Nazism, Lenin of Bolshevism. Being clever, such men are subtle deceivers.
The soul of man is not, and cannot be satisfied with what is called self-interest. There is something in man which goes out like the beam of a remote star and subordinates this selfinterest to the love of an ideal, to knowledge, to moral and spiritual beauty, to altruism.
What had the world-honoured Buddha to gain in the world of three dimensions when He renounced His kingdom, palaces, home and name? It was sheer love of humanity, love of all living beings, which prompted Him to this great renunciation.
What did St. Paul gain in the world?
What did Shri Dada gain materially by leaving a prosperous home and comfort to embrace the holy feet of his Guru Deva, in poverty and uncertainty?
All personal gain is an illusion; it is like a thirsty man drinking seawater.
It is the nature of the soul to surrender itself to the call of Beauty and Truth. The mind, cooped up in the dingy hole of egoity and local self-interest, putrifies like water in a narrow dark pool and emits the poisonous effluvium of jealousy, greed, anger and lust.
“Come out; come out of the hole of hedonistic egoity”, is the call of the wise. It is to avoid grave disappointment, mental agonies, depravity of the total personality that we must take refuge under the holy Yoga and surrender ourselves to the Guru and the Lord.
The animal nature, called Asuric Prakriti, in the Gita Shastra, wants to drag the soul to its level. Its appeal is for pleasure, power and wealth.
The higher nature, Daivic Prakriti, calls for light and bliss. Which will you obey? “Fifty- fifty” some will say. No!
Even a bit of arsenic mixed with a dish will render it fatal. Plunge yourself into the deep from the rock of uncertainty; contemplate the Absolute.
Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita VI.46 – “O Arjuna, be thou, therefore, a Yogi.”