I Need More of… Everything! ~ Vrindavan Rao

Via on Apr 14, 2013

20/365- "It does not boast, it is not proud..."

Everyday Bhagavad-Gita: Greed.

Verse 1.37-1.38: O Janārdana, although these men, their hearts overtaken by greed, see no fault in killing one’s family or quarreling with friends, why should we, who can see the crime in destroying a family, engage in these acts of sin?

We all experience it. We’re even taught as young children that it’s not good. And yet, here we are still dealing with it.

So, why are we greedy?

If we actually stop to think about it, greed often arises from some unfulfilled “need” we have, which we try to satisfy by accumulating possessions or power.

Oddly enough, greed implies that we already have something. It does not arise due a lack of something, but a desire for more. When I looked it up, one of the definitions I found was this: excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

greedInteresting isn’t it? Greed simply translates to excessive desire. If we stop and take a look, the entire world is operating on this principle. Families are broken up due to greed, relationships are destroyed and feelings are hurt. Take note of those who are affected by greed and you’ll see that it’s all of us: you, me, the animals, the plants, the entire earth.

I find it ironic that society promotes happy and meaningful relationships through consumer products, romantic comedies, happily ever after stories, and celebrities. But, I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise seeing as society also operates on the principles of  overindulgence, consumerism and the “more is better” attitude. Essentially modern society is celebrating the tools and techniques, (overindulgence, consumerism and a “more is better” attitude),  which undermine what people are hankering for: meaningful relationships.

When one is greedy it is impossible to be selfless. All the energy and concentration that gets fixed on your desire for more, just means that there’s none left to spare for anything, or anyone else.

However, so far we’ve only been speaking about material greed.

Krishna and Radha
Krishna and Radha

Did you know that there is such a thing as spiritual greed?

This is what makes the path of bhakti so distinct; many of the negative qualities which we try to keep hidden away inside of ourselves can be spiritualized and thus made positive.

So, instead of excessively desiring material objects, we can choose to cultivate excessive desire to connect with God. We can excessively desire to serve other bhakti practitioners and chant with the mood of wanting to please Krishna. The list can go on and on. And you know what?

These desires will in turn help us in our relationships with others. By pleasing God, naturally one becomes blissful and that has a positive effect on our interactions and relationships with others.

Instead of trying to remove something, the process of bhakti can transform it.

So what are you waiting for? Take the challenge to become spiritually greedy for Krishna bhakti!

 

Vrindavan RaoVrindavan Rao was born into the bhakti tradition and grew up enveloped in it. However, her personal discovery of the bhakti path began in 2004 when she had the opportunity to go to a Vedic College in Belgium and since that time she has embraced it completely. Her love for travel has given her the opportunity to study Vedic texts, such as the Bhagavad-gita, in places such as India, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States under the guidance of several advanced practitioners.

She especially loves the Gita and refers to it as her “Guidebook for Life” since it contains practical answers for complicated questions and is currently writing a daily blog on every verse of the Gita. In addition, you can keep track of all the happenings of Everyday Bhagavad-Gita on Facebook and viaTwitter.

Her background is in science and she not only has a Bacherlor’s degree in Biochemistry, but also a Masters in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. In her free time she loves to write, read, give presentations, sing and work out.

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25 Responses to “I Need More of… Everything! ~ Vrindavan Rao”

  1. Jessica says:

    "Instead of trying to remove something, the process of bhakti can transform it."

    I absolutely love the message of this post! It's really positive…and practical-which is one aspect of bhakti yoga (among others) that I have really come to appreciate. Thanks for another great article!

  2. I called it Spiritual Imperialism….More more and more more.

  3. galenpearl says:

    I love this idea of transforming rather than rejecting or struggling. It's a very "tai chi" approach, if that makes any sense. In tai chi, you "receive" your opponent's energy and give it back. The energy is transformed. (By the way, I'm really learning so much from reading the Bhagavad-gita.) I can see how its wisdom permeates your writing. Lovely.

  4. findingourwaynow says:

    This was a very good way to start my Monday. It made me pause and consider the what and why of things. I really love the part about "instead of excessively desiring material objects, we can choose to cultivate excessive desire to connect with God". To transform in the light of God is alway better then to eliminate or tear down. :-)

  5. @iDesignLife says:

    This is such a thought provoking post! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge through the Bhagavad-Gita perspective. I also read your daily blog post for today, what an awesome lesson from the tortoise!

  6. MatBoy says:

    I've learned to cultivate the desire to have 'enough', not too little but not too much. It is actually quite challenging, at least at the beginning because you have to step out and say 'This IS enough and I do not need more' or 'when I have this much I will stop trying to get more'. It is like drawing a line in the sand. Most people never get off the need to have more or do not know how to be satisfied with what they have, something is always missing. That experience of 'something is always missing' is the real issue. Nothing is missing!

    We live in a time of incomparable prosperity, certainty and physical comfort. This reality is spreading to more and more parts of the world, fewer people are starving, especially in the developed world. Learning how to be satisfied is a powerfully liberating experience. Taming the ghost of greed is a relevant challenge no matter where you live or your standard of living. That is why it is so central to all spiritual traditions.

  7. Mary Slagel says:

    I thought this post took a very interesting and enlightening turn when you went from material greed and how you can make this positive. I had not thought of this before. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Kelly Wade says:

    I really like when people focus more on spirituality rather than religion. Anyone can find something inside of themselves that gives them peace if they look hard enough. A greed for finding peace and calmness should be something we all strive for.

  9. Jesal says:

    Haribol… My wife and I met you during your stay in Belgium nearly 10 years ago at Radhadesh… Nice blog

    The very start of Caitanya Caritamrita describes Lord Chaitanya as having “lobhat” intense greed…an intense greed to taste what it is like to be Krsna’s devotee

    So greed was His internal mood and external mood was to distribute mercy!

    Thanks for this… Dandavats

    Ys jes

  10. yearwoodcom says:

    What a wonderful way to refocus all of that negative energy. It takes a lot of work to be greedy for material things, so much easier to let it go.

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