Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which ensures honest devotion?

Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which ensures honest devotion?

This is a very important aspect to be learnt by everyone who likes to follow devotional way of life:

Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which is more important to follow devotion honestly.

Wisdom means Knowledge and the ability of predicting the future effects of an action now itself and deciding what to do and what not to do in life. It is not wrong if we call the wisdom as intelligence.


Honesty means being truthful in both speech and actions in all situations .

A person with wisdom is expected to analyse whether he is right or wrong before speaking or acting.

In fact, one can’t be honest to all because their expectations will be different.

Let s first take some examples from material life:

Take a family man whose wife comes and complains to him about his mother. He can’t support the both. If he supports his wife, his mother will become angry.  If he supports his mother, his wife will become angry. This is the situation of husbands in most of the families.

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If that husband applies his wisdom to avoid supporting anyone and advice his wife politely, what will happen?

His wife will accuse him like this: “Only because you are not taking any steps, your mother is getting strength to disturb me day by day. You are useless”

Did wisdom help him to be honest to both his mother and wife?


If you take the company administration, if a manager analyses the situation and then takes a decision, he can’t expect all the executives to accept his decision.  There will be many who won’t support his decision.

The above examples are about positive decisions in which the wisdom does not help.

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If you take the negative side, you can see many well educated people use their wisdom to cleverly implement the crimes.

In the older days, the theft were done by uneducated people only.  Now, even technologically advanced guys are using their knowledge to brilliantly cheat through online.

They use their knowledge and wisdom to plan new ways to commit crimes.

Crimes through social media, crimes through mails, crimes through smartphones, crimes through bank accounts, etc., are done by educated persons only.

Why such misuse of wisdom?

Because, most of the people are selfish and they care for their own welfare only.  They do not bother about the pains and welfare of others.

That is why, they use their wisdom to cheat others, or atleast to ensure their own welfare without bothering if others are affected.

(A devotee should be wise (or) Bhakti Yogi should be a Gnani . Is it true? READ HERE!)

If God gives more knowledge to you, that knowledge should be used to help or reform others.

But, what happens now?

Many people misuse the knowledge given by god to involve in white collar crimes and to achieve their selfish motives.

Many acharyas and Vaishnavas use the knowledge given by god back to serving the God and His devotees.

Another section of people use their wisdom in their service to the society.

But, all the people are not like that.

Wisdom and honesty coexist in some cases and the same wisdom is misused to deceive or exploit others in many other cases.


Next, let us analyse: Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which ensures honest devotion?

If the Wisdom or Emotion in devotion is used to help others, it will ensure honest devotion.

At the same time if the Wisdom or Emotion in devotion is used to cheat others, it does not give honest devotion. It is not devotion at all.

So, Wisdom is used both for both positive and negative purposes in devotion.

Criminals use the wisdom to cheat others in devotion. Good people use wisdom to help others in devotion.  Simple.

That is why, we can see the bogus spiritual personalities attract the crowd using the technology and clever speech.

At the same time so many devotees use the same technology and their wisdom to help other devotees.


What about emotional devotion without applying wisdom?

It also involves risks.

If the emotions are used to love Krishna and respect the devotees, it will elevate the devotees.

If the same emotion is used to trust everyone who speaks of god without using wisdom to analyse the motive of the person, the devotees have the risk of getting cheated.

Then Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which ensures honest devotion?

We have to adopt the balanced approach.

Use the emotion to love Krishna;  Use the wisdom to know about Krishna and to find out the right persons from whom you should learn and surrender.

Thus, if the Wisdom or Emotion in devotion is used wisely, it ensures honest devotion.

Hope you have understood now.

Also read: How to be happy in spite of serious problems?

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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