Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Arjuna offers his apologies to Krishna. This is evident in verses 41 and 42 from Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad-gita, which I used as a reference at the home blessing of Rajasuya and Surabhi’s house. The passage is as follows:
“I have in the past addressed You as, “O Krsna,” “O Yadava,” “O my friend,” without knowing Your glories. Please forgive whatever I may have done in madness or in love. I have dishonored You many times while relaxing or while lying on the same bed or eating together, sometimes alone and sometimes in front of many friends. Please excuse me for all my offenses.”
Approximately ten couples and children sat to hear and explore the topic of relationships and how especially in a spiritual community the exercise of personal dealings is of paramount importance. Communication and fair listening skills become key ingredients in creating a successful relationship. It’s something that you shape—or “cultivate,” as our guru, Prabhupada used to say. The principle of ‘Respect’ needs to be implemented, and one must push familiarity far away as it does have a tendency to conjure up contempt.
How precious it is to have a life partner who is spiritual in heart and practice, on top of being a mate.
Breaking a pattern of familiarity can be realized from the realm of humility, and sometimes apology, when applicable. It’s what Arjuna used to make his relationship with Krishna deeper and stronger.
May the Source be with you!