Encourage by Bhaktimarga Swami

8346583852?profile=RESIZE_400xThus far it is a mild winter. Such is the forecast. Such is the experience. Stepping outside for an eager stroll allowed me to feel the atmosphere. I encouraged one of our boys in the ashram, who hails from Bangladesh, to go for a daily outside experience. “Get acclimated. Go out for some air. There is lots of prana.” Actually he’s constitutionally quite strong.

“It is when you stay indoors that you get sick,” I continued.

However, he is actually a bit under the weather. Now, I can’t pressure. I can only advise. I can only encourage and reassure in some way.

In today’s reading from The Gita I relished a passage of reassurance—one of the most supportive, encouraging statements Sri Krishna delivers. From 16.5 He says to His warrior friend, Arjuna, “Do not worry, oh son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities.”

I can’t skip the explanation by Prabhupada:

Lord Kṛṣṇa encouraged Arjuna by telling him that he was not born with demoniac qualities. His involvement in the fight was not demoniac, because he was considering the pros and cons. He was considering whether respectable persons such as Bhīṣma and Droṇa should be killed or not, so he was not acting under the influence of anger, false prestige or harshness. Therefore he was not of the quality of the demons. For a kṣatriya, a military man, shooting arrows at the enemy is considered transcendental, and refraining from such a duty is demoniac. Therefore there was no cause for Arjuna to lament. Anyone who performs the regulative principles of the different orders of life is transcendentally situated.

Source: http://thewalkingmonk.blogspot.com/2020/12/saturday-december-19-2020.html

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