Ati daanaat Balirvadho hyati maanaat Suyodhanah
Ati loulyaat Raavano hantah Ati Sarvatra Varjayet----Subhashitam
Bali met his end due to his extreme charity, Duryodhana was killed due to his excessive pride, and lust beyond control brought the end to Ravana. Hence too much is too bad.
Over indulgence in the tendencies (Vasanas) became the reason for the downfall of King Bali, Duryodhana and Ravana. Anything that crosses the required limit line will become a problem. A person who is served his favourite dish can relish only his stomach full if he starts gulping too much it will take an adverse effect on his health. Hence anything exceeding the bounds will prove fatal and bring unwanted consequences, it is always better to know our limits.
Sentimental attitude is one of the causes of emotions crossing the boundary line. It is a condition which arises when something is loved out of proportions. Likewise if something is hated out of proportion we cross the line of emotions and develop Egoistic attitude. Everything we see is emanated from Absolute; it is obvious for us to like whatever seems to be appealing for us in this universe. This liking has also got a boundary line. Absolute do not advocate us to like anything in this universe more than He would have liked it. He expects us to get tuned to His proportion in terms of liking. But unfortunately we start liking some more than the limited proportion and become sentimental about it. Let be the house we live in or the children we have brought up or the religion we practice or the profession that we are in or the politician we have elected.
Sentimental attitude further leads to sycophancy. This is the worst thing which veils the perception and creates illusion. The politicians and religious leaders of my country have taken advantage of this to the maximum. When they know that they have the support of the sycophants they live in a fantasy world and conclude that whatever they say will be carried out by their followers. Here there are two things to be observed, the sycophants like their leader more than Absolute like him and so also the leader like his Ego more than the Absolute likes it. In a way both are sentimental.
The leaders being sycophants of their own ego do not recognize the limit mark and out of excitement make unwanted remarks or issue superfluous ultimatums (fatwas). Because of sycophancy the followers get sentimental and at that instant they are prospective fanatic, radical, activist or protesters. They take out the orders as simple zombies without giving a thought to what would be the consequence that may fallout. Who should be blamed for a situation like that the leader or his followers or both?
Now the question that comes to my mind is how much is too much? Where is the limit for me to know that the thing I like will start to cause problem for me? I have to like my choice, perspective, religion etc only up to the point where it is not becoming the root cause for me to hate others. Absolute from whom all this has emanated does not hate anything or like more than proportion as well. If something I like is causing me to hate others because of it or is letting other hate me because of it I have to know that I have crossed the limit of liking that it and apply brakes on my liking towards it.