Preyas

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By Swami Harshananda

preyas (‘what is pleasant’)

Preyas is that which attracts us even at first sight, because it can give us immediate pleasure. However, it may not —mostly not—give us true happiness and peace that we hanker for even in the long run.

The Kathopanisad (2.1 and 2) states that śreyas (the good) and preyas (the pleasant), both approach a human being, requesting him as it were, to accept them. However, a man of wisdom after properly discriminating the relative merits of both, accepts the former and rejects the latter.

The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad (1.4.8) uses the word in the ordinary sense of ‘dear’.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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preyas (‘what is pleasant’) Preyas is that which attracts us even at first sight, because it can give us immediate pleasure. However, it may not —mostly not—give us true happiness and peace that we hanker for even in the long run. The Kathopanisad (2.1 and 2) states that śreyas (the good) and preyas (the pleasant), both approach a human being, requesting him as it were, to accept them. However, a man of wisdom after properly discriminating the relative merits of both, accepts the former and rejects the latter. The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad (1.4.8) uses the word in the ordinary sense of ‘dear’.