February 21st, 2021 Sunday Morning Youth Session: Changing our Opinions

In this Sunday Morning Youth session, Pujya Swamiji elaborates further on the ongoing discussion of the art of developing a happy mind.  How we have to change our existing equation of becoming happy from getting rid of or acquiring desired things.  In this talk, Pujya Swamiji shows how this desire of acquiring or getting rid of things is not based on the reality of life because our likes and dislikes are not constant.  If we observe carefully we will find our interactions are all based on our mind.  We donot respond to a person, our response is determined by our likes and dislikes.  And likes and dislikes are because we have opinion about everything in life.  In this way Pujya Swamiji brings our attention to our mind, how the mind is, before we can understand the maturity of mind.  We are not independent, we are not free, we are controlled by our likes and dislikes!  Our behavior, our responses everything is determined by our likes and dislikes.

Pujya Swamiji emphasizes that we pay attention to our mind and thus understand ourselves.  What we need to do is change our opinions.  The difference between preferences versus likes and dislikes is also pointed out.  Simple choice is not likes and dislikes, but when our preferences are not met and we react that is called likes and dislikes.  And this is where we need to work on to change our opinions, to change the response we give to people and situations in life, and thereby create a ground for an emotionally mature mind.

The youth and the seekers are encouraged to refer to the ‘Management Wisdom from Bhagavad Gītā’ by Pujya Swami Viditatmanandaji.  This reading will provide further clarity of understanding and interpreting the issues we face in our daily life, and will complement this Satsanga.

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