Categories: Shloka For The Week and The Bhagavad Gita
- The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7, Verses 6-7
At an apparent level, there are many aspects- this could include people, locations, situations that we are leaving behind, and we are looking forward to the new in the coming years.
All of life- the animate and the inanimate objects, i.e. all the living beings as well as the objects are able to exist- because there is that something within them- ‘their essence’. We call that the divine energy or soul. This is more apparent when we see living being, but even inanimate objects that a certain essence about it- it is very dense for us to sense, but there are those who are able to tap into that energy level.
So, what is this essence which is within all of us?? It is the divine energy- the presence. Lord Krishna asks Arjuna to always remember this fact- that everything in this universe contains him at the very core, as it’s existential essence. Why is this important to remember??
In today’s day and age, we find that each individual is do attached with their own belief- this belief could be about their social and individual identity, their religion, their country… ultimately these are the many beliefs that shape up a person’s identity. In today’s time, people are so attached to their identity that they fail to see the divine essence in all the other people they meet or even interact with (via social media and news).
At an outward level we may better control our actions and not do something that could be considered ‘incorrect’ or ‘criminal”; but at a collective consciousness level, we are adding to this negative, detrimental energy with our own mis-guided and mis-placed beliefs!!
It is important that we remember that at an apparent level a person could be harmful, criminal or even totally anti-soceity; but they still have that same divine essence within them, that exits within us and all of existence.
Does that mean we convince ourself- all is well and that it is all okay!! NO, not at all… if a particular action is harmful to you or the society at large then do what you need to do to curtail and counteract it, but do the required with respect to the action, while remembering that the do-er of those action does have the divine essence within them.
This is also the reason why it is customary to greet someone with namaste. When we meet someone and start out our interaction with the word “namaste”, you are helping to establish the divine connection between the two of you. What you are saying to them is that, the divine essence in me is greeting the divine essence in you!
This is a great way to remind our self of Lord Krishna’s words…
To learn the details about why we greet people with Namaste, check out my video…
This will help you to bring the wisdom of Lord Krishna’s words into your daily life… not just for this week and into this new year and this new decade… but going forward, all your life!!