Preyas

Definition - What does Preyas mean?

Preyas is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as “dearer”, “more agreeable” or “more desired”. Preyas can also mean “immediately palatable,” and as such it is known in yogic and Hindu philosophy as a way of life which is based on seeking instant gratification.

If one lives their life according to preyas, they make choices as to what will bring the most immediate pleasure. This may include sensory enticements, worldy enjoyment and material gains.

Yogapedia explains Preyas

The revered yogic text, the Bhagavad Gita explains the concept of preyas as a way of living that only gratifies the senses in the short term. Preyas has a strong appeal, but its rewards are only fleeting. Instead the Bhagavad Gita advocates an alternative approach to life, shreyas, which means to delay immediate pleasure and reward in order to pursue greater spiritual growth and ultimate happiness.

Sometimes preyas is thought of as the worldly path available to mankind, whereas shreyas is the spiritual. Thus preyas can be considered to be a valuable step on the spiritual journey, as it gradually leads to shreyas as long as the practitioner learns to discriminate and renounce its lures.

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