3.42 … greater than the senses is the mind. Greater than the mind is Buddhi, reason; and greater than reason is He – the Spirit in man and in all.
3.43 Know Him therefore who is above reason; and let his peace give thee peace. Be a warrior and kill desire, the powerful enemy of the soul. – The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 3)
We live in a manufactured world of our thoughts. It’s the level of our ego. We get ensnared by desires, thinking they’ll satisfy. We get hurt by what others say, as though words can really hurt unless we give them meaning. We seek to control life, and others, thinking that’s the way to safety. But the ego never lets go, unless we do.
We’re asked to recognize the real ‘enemy’, which is our ego-driven mind and its desires. We’re asked to rise above this level of mind, by first recognizing that the Spirit resides within us and then attempting to find the peace that comes through identification with that Spirit. Such an embrace is hastened by discerning, self-questioning thoughts and stillness.
Daily Affirmation: Today I rise above my ego.
Recommendation: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Juan Mascaro