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The Power of Senses – Teachings from Hindu Scriptures

The Kathopanishad tells us that the Supreme Self present in every individual created the sense organs with natural outgoing tendencies. It is therefore that a man perceives only outer objects with them, and not the inner ever free, blissful Self.

In the Bhagavad Gita too, Sri Krishna warns, “Attachment and aversion of the sense organs for their respective sense objects are natural; let none come under their sway; they are one’s highway robbers.

Flowing by their very nature toward the sense objects, the turbulent senses rob us of our powers of discrimination. Hence, we identify ourselves with the body and experience the fruits of action.

The story of the fisherwoman who found it impossible to stay on a stormy night in the house of flower seller illustrates the power of the senses. You can read the story told by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa here.