” Be a ‘Rama’ at home ; and Be a ‘Krishna’ outside ” – is how every individual should strive to live in life.
“Rama” is our model of family and values; and “Krishna” is our model of knowledge and application.
Today, as we celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday, we should sharpen our knowledge and application too in any new endeavor.
When individuals, specially youth, take on active role in their learning by recognizing they are as accountable as knowledge imparters , administrators, or leaders in any field for their success ; and demonstrate that responsibility by making their own choices/actions leading towards their overall life goals – it may well be admitted that they have performed their “Duty” exceptionally well. This is what is emphasized by Lord Krishna and expected of every individual in this new age.
An ideal individual/citizen is one with full awareness of his/her duties – during his/her early years at home, in school, in the community that he/she is part of, and in the nation that he/she is part of as a responsible citizen. He/she alone can reform the System and Society ; its ethical and moral behavior ; its principles and practices ; even while finding ways for the betterment of themselves and all other individuals/citizens. This is ‘karma’.
Let us resolve that ‘Honesty, Fairness, Courage, Accountability, Compassion and Respect’ form the crux of the character of every individual on this auspicious day.
To quote from Bhagavad-Gita – ” samo damas tapah saucam ksantir arjavam eva ca, jnanam vijnanam astikyam brahma-karma svabhava-jam ” _ Chapter 18, text 42.
Lord Krishna explains : ” Peacefulness, self control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom, and religiousness – these are the natural qualities by which, specially, brahmins work.
By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings, and who is all-pervading, a man can attain perfection through performing his own work.
Lord Krishna advised Arjuna not to be inactive, but he perform his ‘prescribed duty’ without being attached to the result. Krishna neither says ‘you do the action’ , nor says ‘you act’. He only says, “let action happen”, “don’t think of yourself as the doer”. Doing takes place by Lord’s play. Chapter 3, 4, and 5 of Baghwad-Gita is against doership. Things only happen through individuals when ‘God plays the game’ and we as individuals need to stay focused and centered while letting things happen. This is how every system works – the prime lesson that every individual, every student, every manager, every administrator, every judge, every politician, every faculty, and every leader in this universe should understand, follow, and practise in life.
This is the key principle/ideal that should be ringing in the ears of all on this auspicious day.
” Dieu avec nous “
Friday, August 23, 2019 – 7.19 p.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” About 5.2 million individuals in the world share Lord’s birthday, today “.