Someone sent me a meme, it was a picture of the top of Mt. Everest with the caption “Every dead body on Mount Everest was once a highly motivated person. So….maybe calm down!”

We live in an age that demands “BIG reactions” to almost everything. Where being ‘highly motivated’ is meant to be a good quality. But we don’t often deeply consider “Motivated by what?” and “To do what?”

We discuss the quality of dispassion, defined as to “not be influenced by strong feelings, or not affected by personal or emotional involvement.”

Some verses I quote in the talk:

The mode of passion is born of unlimited desires and longings, O son of Kunti, and because of this one is bound to material fruitive activities. – Bhagavad-gītā 14.7

O chief of the Bharatas, when there is an increase in the mode of passion, the symptoms of great attachment, uncontrollable desire, hankering, and intense endeavor develop.  – Bhagavad-gītā  14.12

…. Works done in the mode of passion result in distress,  – Bhagavad-gītā  14.16

…. from the mode of passion, grief develops;  – Bhagavad-gītā  14.17

That happiness which is derived from contact of the senses with their objects and which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end is said to be of the nature of passion.  – Bhagavad-gītā  18.38

One who is not in transcendental consciousness can have neither a controlled mind nor steady intelligence, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?  – Bhagavad-gītā  2.66

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires — that enter like rivers into the ocean which is ever being filled but is always still — can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires. – Bhagavad-gītā  2.70

A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship and is devoid of false ego — he alone can attain real peace. – Bhagavad-gītā  2.71

Before giving up this present body, if one is able to tolerate the urges of the material senses and check the force of desire and anger, he is a yogi and is happy in this world.  – Bhagavad-gītā  5.23