Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 62:  From pondering on objects of the senses, attachment. From attachment, desire. And desire gives rise to anger.

 

Anger arises from our inability to fulfill desire for happiness and contentment in material objects of the senses. 'From pondering on objects of the senses' one becomes attached to their attractive qualities (2.39). ‘From attachment, desire’ to acquire the object through action. But happiness and contentment lie within, not in an object's attractive qualities (2.39). Disappointment in the object's inability to provide fulfilling contentment frustrates the mind and ‘gives rise to anger.’

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 63: From anger arises delusion; from delusion unsteadiness of memory; from unsteadiness of memory destruction of intellect; through destruction of intellect he perishes.

From anger arises delusion.’ Anger promotes its own factless narrative. We see our world through the lens of a false reality we create and distort to achieve an outcome through negative emotions and wrong actions they engender (2.47). Our fantasy is so wonderfully intoxicating and overpowering, we disengage from harmonious rhythms of life and a steady course forward.

From delusion unsteadiness of memory.' In delusion, memory falters and we make things up to support our delusional narrative, leaving decision-making intellect stranded and operating without a factual basis.

 

Imagination overrides reality. Based on fanciful input, intellect falters and dysfunctions. [Properly functioning intellect discerns what is real and true (2.39).] 'Through destruction of intellect’ we’re left adrift. Without means to correct course and steer around life’s reefs, and across its shallows and stormy seas we flounder on the hard rocks of reality, on the hard rocks of a delusion-based ignorance we embrace with open arms. Disaster ahead. ‘He perishes’ in his pursuit of higher levels of spiritual and material wellbeing.

copyright commentary Keith R Parker 2021