Quote for the day – Bhagavad Gita

Arjuna asks:
What is it that impels man to commit a sin,
Even against his own wishes,
As though under the influence of some powerful force?

Krishna:
It is desire and anger, the ravenous and the deadly,
Which are born out of Rajas Guna.
Recognize these for they are your foe in this world.
Just as smoke envelopes the fire,
Just as dust hides the mirror,
And the embryo is hidden in the womb,
Similarly knowledge or Atman is covered by desire and lust.
The insatiable fire of desire covers true knowledge or the Atman,
Therefore, it is the constant enemy of the wise man.
It abides in the mind, intellect and the senses.
Through them it deludes the embodied and bewilders its judgement.
Therefore Arjuna control your senses,
And kill this evil, which obstructs your discriminative knowledge,
And hinders the realization of Atman.
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 3, Verses 36 to 42)
(Source: Bhagavad Gita – A New Perspective by Ila Ahuja and M.Raj Ahuja)