I had to attend a dinner with a group of friends. I had actually wanted to sit and read the Srimad Bhagavatam or attend a lecture at the temple, but they really wanted me to be there. So I obliged. The dinner session covered topics such as parenting, world cuisine, war & politics, fashion & music, religion, work and investing. There was not a spot of spirituality in any of these discussions and comments made on these topics were basically gathered from TV, newspaper or other dinner conversions with each of their friends.
I tried my best to get them to see all these topics through the knowledge contained in scriptures. But they would have nothing of it. They labeled such works as, “old, not relevant to today’s world, fanatasicm, superstitious or an imgaination.” As I am inexperienced in counter arguments to help them see the truth contained in ancient works such as Ayurveda, Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam etc, I could only keep silent towards the end. When they had a question on spirituality, it was basically out of sarcasm or to cut me down rather than a true curiosity.
It was then I remembered what Sankarshan Das Adikari said in one of his daily “Thought for the day” –
“There is a saying: It is folly to be wise in that place where ignorance is bliss. We can see practically how true this is. In this world 99.99% of the population is deeply engrossed in the ignorance of misidentification with their material bodies. Everywhere we see propaganda promoting the illusory concept that one can be happy by material sense gratification. And what do people think about those who take to the path of self realization? They consider them to be foolish. So it is a fact that real wisdom is taken to be folly in that place where ignorance is bliss.
We then have a choice. We can go along with flow of the material society and be a fool and a rascal like everyone else, or we can dare to be different even at the risk of being considered weird or crazy. One has to consider what is ultimately beneficial for one’s eternal well being and then do the needful.”