Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 59: Objects of the senses turn away from him who does not feed upon them, but the taste for them persist. Upon seeing the Supreme even this taste ceases.

 

Through the senses desires drag the mind out into ever-changing phenomenal existence (2.55, 2.562.58).  When we serve the desires of others we innocently renounce our own desires for gaining happiness and contentment in objects of the senses (2.45). Sans desire, the mind no longer 'feeds' upon objects of the senses but remains in a state of steady intellect. It's as if the 'objects of the senses turn away from him who does not feed upon them.'  Until intellect becomes established and we gain Cosmic Consciousness (2.57) 'the taste for them persists.' Upon 'seeing the Supreme' detachment from objects of the senses gained in Cosmic Consciousness (2.58) 'even this taste ceases.' [See 2.57 for steady vs. established intellect.]

 

 

 

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