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.
...continued from 2.62.
Anger opens the floodgates of delusion. ‘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 justify our anger. Our delusion so wonderfully intoxicating and overpowering, we disengage from harmonious rhythms of life and a steady course forward.
‘From delusion unsteadiness of memory.' We make things up to support our delusional narrative. Imagination competes with reality and the difference between what has truly happened and what we have imagined to justify our anger becomes confused.
Based on false and fanciful input and loss of memory, intellect has an unstable basis of fact and it dysfunctions. Properly functioning intellect discerns what is real and true (2.39). Dysfunctional intellect loses this power of discernment.
'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 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