Bob Dylan’s Moment of Detachment

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Published on Nov 18, 2016 by RNS Video
Those pleasures springing from sensual contacts are indeed nothing but sources of misery; moreover, they have a beginning and an end; as such the enlightened do not rejoice in them. (Bhagavad Gita 5.22)

Bob Dylan’s famous song of the 1960’s “Like a Rolling stone” was rated as the top of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by the Rolling Stone magazine in 2010. Bob Dylan was interviewed on this momentous occasion, “How do you feel about it?” In response, he expressed a truth that concurs with the teachings of the Gita. (Watch the video for Dylan’s response)

Whatever experiences appear to be pleasurable in this world, pain is deeply seated at the core of those experiences. When we accomplish something great – a world record, an award or academic achievement – we may experience the pleasure of grabbing people’s attention and impressing their minds for the time being. But usually such people either just become envious of us or do not care anymore when we lose that status; and that envy, that neglect, is a source of pain.

Human intelligence is to look into the future to understand deeper and higher principles. It is not to just attain temporary accomplishments and derive pleasure from them. Great accomplishments, though maybe important for the welfare of the world, are not as satisfying as cultivating great virtues in our personal lives. People are addicted and passionate about acquiring more and more – money, prestige, and accomplishments. But what will help the world all the more is when people try to be selfless. If we are willing to be unselfish and live a life of character for the greater good of everyone, people honor us and love us from their hearts. Accomplishments are appreciable, but the quality of the consciousness in which we achieve them is utterly important. That’s what the world will remember and God will see. Ultimately, it is character that makes a person great, not his or her accomplishments.

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