These two words from the Upanishads can always help us see our choices clearly.
Preya generally gives us instant satisfaction, it feels good and it pleases us in that moment, however it may not benefit us, or anybody else for that matter in the long run.
Shreya on the other hand, may take a bit more effort to act out, however the results are of lasting benefit to all concerned.
To bring it into context, I want to use the example of yoga teacher training.
Part of becoming a yoga teacher is developing a meditation practice and the best time for this is early morning. The moment dawn breaks the choices “shall I get up for my morning meditation?” or “shall I roll over and go back to sleep?”
Preya and Shreya are relevant for everyone in every circumstance of their life. We all want to experience Joy, and to do so we need to choose positive expressions.
Imagine you have just got out of your car, after parking it in the shopping centre, and a lady curses you believing you have taken ‘her spot’. Do you reply with a rude or sarcastic comment? Or choose a response that will assist in diffusing the situation.
Your mother has asked you to help her on a day you planned to check out a new dress shop, you have an assignment due and there’s a program you want to watch on the TV, as you sit in the coffee shop enjoying a cappuccino and apple slice a lady trips up beside you spilling all her groceries on the floor, every moment a decision Preya or Shreya.
Preya is all about ‘ME,’ seeking an ever elusive lasting joy.
Shreya helps us consider how we affect others, it helps us look at our motivation and enables us to resolve conflict, promoting our own peace of mind. Shreya helps us realise that Joy is found inside when harmony is our outer lived experience.
Which will you choose?