A tough aspect of spirituality is not in reading what is said, but in actually understanding and implementing it.
For instance, Lord Krishna in the Gita often asks Arjuna to give up desires.
Is this practical? If I give up all my desires, I wouldn’t even be able to get up from my bed on a Sunday, let alone on a Monday morning!
Maybe there is something deeper and subtler. This is my Guru’s amazing interpretation.
When Krishna says ‘give up desires’, he actually means ‘give up the cravings in your mind’. Having dharmic desires is fine, but it is critical to cut the umbilical cord between desire and happiness.
Our happiness is always linked to the fulfilment of desires. “Think of a time when you were happy” tends to be accomplishments like “when I won the game, or topped the class, or got married, or had kids, or got promoted”.
But what if everything we did, could start from happiness, rather than end in it? This is possible, and it (too) starts with gratitude.