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When We Distribute What We Have, We Appreciate What We Have
By Chaitanya Charan Das   |  Jun 09, 2017

Suppose someone deals in medicines day in and day out. Medicines are lying all around them everywhere in their warehouse. Because of the abundant availability and prolonged familiarity, they may neglect preserving medicines carefully. But if they go to an epidemic afflicted area and give medicines to the sick, they get to see for themselves those medicines’ lifesaving potency. That first-hand experience increases their appreciation of the medicines, inspiring them towards more vigilant care.

Spiritual knowledge given in the Bhagavad-gita is like a life-saving medicine – it cures us of the misdirected desires that make us waste our life in petty or even perverse pleasures. When we first gain spiritual knowledge, we experience its transformational potency in educating and elevating our desires. However, once we start practicing spiritual life regularly, the transformation becomes increasingly inner and subtler. Externally, spiritual knowledge may start seeming like the same old stuff we have heard so many times. Familiarity breeds neglect.

Thankfully however, if we start sharing spiritual knowledge, we get to see for ourselves its transformational potency. People who were squandering their lives in bad habits or frivolous pursuits become better human beings. Spiritual knowledge empowers them to break free from habits that they had been struggling to give up for years, even decades – habits that many can’t give up even after a lifetime of struggle. Not only that, their overall life becomes more meaningful and purposeful. By applying the spiritual knowledge of bhakti-yoga, they connect with all-pure Krishna, thereby manifesting their best and making constructive contributions.

Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (18.68) exhorts us to share spiritual knowledge. By seeing spiritual knowledge’s transformational potency, we appreciate it better and start applying it more seriously. Thereby, we start relishing again its potency in raising our consciousness towards higher levels of realization, purification and satisfaction.

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