The fine line between Satvik and Tamsik action || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavad Gita (2020)

October 31, 2020 | Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): I see that most of us have a mixture of both asurīka and the divine, devīya state.

Why does this mixture exist? Why do we switch back and forth?

Also, the deeper I get into the scriptures, the more I see that it is the same with my family. I’m torn between limiting my contact with them, to improving my ability to purify myself and between my duty to care for them. How to come out of this situation.

AP: Alright. So, why do we switch back and forth between the two states? There is no answer to this, because the only causing agent is your choice. If you do something and you ask the other, “Why do I do it?” what can he say? He will say, "It's your choice; that’s what you do." Maybe it's an unconscious choice. Then the answer is that just as right now you appear to be quite conscious while asking this question—what’s the question? ”Why do we switch back and forth between the asurī and devīya state, between the demonic and the divine state?”—similarly you should remain equally conscious when you are making those switches.

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Acharya Prashant is an emerging champion of socio-spiritual awakening in the world today. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad, and a former Civil Services officer, Acharya Prashant is an acclaimed Speaker, Vedanta Teacher and author of over 50 books. Apart from that he wears various hats: a veganism promoter, an environmental activist, a science activist, a campaigner against superstition, and a champion of essential human freedom. Know More