I’m Gonna Win In Sin City

[Krishna's lotus feet]“That action performed in ignorance and delusion without consideration of future bondage or consequences, which inflicts injury and is impractical, is said to be action in the mode of ignorance.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.25)

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अनुबन्धं क्षयं हिंसामनपेक्ष्य च पौरुषम् ।
मोहादारभ्यते कर्म यत्तत्तामसमुच्यते ॥

anubandhaṁ kṣayaṁ hiṁsām
anapekṣya ca pauruṣam
mohād ārabhyate karma
yat tat tāmasam ucyate

“I am familiar with the three modes of material nature. I have read Bhagavad-gita. The distinctions make sense. It is too bad no one really teaches this, that you must approach a sadhu or someone familiar with that ancient Sanskrit text to get an idea. Despite being so old, the words resonate to this day. If only people would listen.

“The mode of ignorance is simple to understand; at least from my perspective. When we see people do horrible things for no apparent reason, that is ignorance. If a person spends the entire day sleeping, they aren’t really happy. You would think the lack of pressure from work or school would have a positive impact, but the laziness tends to produce extended depression and sadness.

“You have those unprovoked crimes taking place in the public transportation system. People are now afraid to ride the underground trains. They get attacked for no reason. There isn’t your typical motive of money or vengeance from a dispute.

“The mode of passion is a step above. Sort of like the hamster running on a wheel, you’re not going anywhere. There is the illusion that you are making progress, but you end up in the same place. You have merely found a way to pass the time.

“The mode of goodness is assessing the situation, studying what is happening, and considering the long-term impact. The mode of goodness is like a class unto its own. The intelligentsia are in goodness. The high thinkers, who contemplate life’s important matters, are in goodness.

“But if you ask me, I think everyone who is trying for success in this material world has gone mad. Seriously, they are crazy. It is like the person boasting about visiting the city known for gambling and debauchery. They think that’s a good thing? Is that something to brag about?

“They think they will win in sin city? It’s just the opposite. The more you think you are winning, the more you are actually losing. The more you get into material life, the further entangled you are. You aren’t winning. You are only falling further into quicksand.”

The idea is revolutionary, but no rational person would disagree. The key is to become rational in the first place. If lost in the haze of intoxication due to immersion in the realm of illusion, there is no way to see what is right and what is wrong. There is no possibility of thinking clearly, of assessing past mistakes and planning for the future.

In the Vedic tradition, the entire focus is on the next life. This present life is due to a past life. That life had a past. There is always a beginning to a beginning and an end to an end. This is the meaning to sanatana.

Just as it seems the cycle of rebirth never ends for those who are entangled, so the life in liberation is also sanatana. Therefore, the closest equivalent term to religion is sanatana-dharma. It is the eternal way of living for the individual.

अन्त-काले च माम् एव
स्मरन् मुक्त्वा कलेवरम्
यः प्रयाति स मद्-भावं
याति नास्त्य् अत्र संशयः

anta-kāle ca mām eva
smaran muktvā kalevaram
yaḥ prayāti sa mad-bhāvaṁ
yāti nāsty atra saṁśayaḥ

“And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 8.5)

The same Bhagavad-gita which explains the three modes of nature reveals the secret to stopping rebirth. There is that potential. No one is forced to stay under the rules of material nature. It appears that everyone is helpless, but there is a different energy under which a person can take shelter.

इच्छाद्वेषसमुत्थेन द्वन्द्वमोहेन भारत।
सर्वभूतानि संमोहं सर्गे यान्ति परन्तप।।

icchādveṣasamutthena dvandvamohena bhārata।
sarvabhūtāni saṃmohaṃ sarge yānti parantapa।।

“O scion of Bharata [Arjuna], O conquerer of the foe, all living entities are born into delusion, overcome by the dualities of desire and hate.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 7.27)

You won’t win in sin city. The original sin, if you will, is turning away from the Divine. It is taking the approach of competition, of thinking that there is a possibility of rising to supremacy in an everlasting way. This original sin results in a fall from the constitutional position.

The way to correct the sin is to change desire. That change is measured through consciousness. The change can take one second or it might occur after a lengthy period of time. Sanatana-dharma is for following the path that protects against falling back into the sinful way.

[Krishna's lotus feet]In sanatana-dharma, a person is always connected directly to Divinity. They see things clearly. They work in such a way that they will not suffer rebirth. Rather than looking to compete, they are serving God. Aligned with His interests, there is a kind of oneness in the aftermath. The person serving and the person being served, creating the ideal picture of eternal life.

In Closing:

Visiting the city of sin,
This time I’m gonna win.

My words take to the bank,
With my winnings to thank.

Okay, this time not a thing.
But wait for wheel’s next spin.

Material life in this way comparing,
Divine shelter only way faring.

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  1. Radhe Radhe ❣️ oshriRadhekrishnaBole ❣️ Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Jay Jay Shree Siya Ram

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