A Follow-up Piece In Regard to Leading By Example Vs. Taking Action

by Aranyakananda

I wrote this piece a few weeks ago:

https://rollingwithvishnu.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/sanatana-dharma-it-is-not-about-proselytizing-but-not-laissez-faire-spiritualism-either/

In it I made the point that while there comes a time when you have to let others go their own way, there is also a time to “step in” if need be. Through discussions over the Gita at my Temple, I see how this can only be done properly when in “Krishna Consciousness” as A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada called it. The problem is that we may not know if – and can easily fool ourselves to believe that – we have attained such a state. Ego often makes people think they have attained such an enlightened state that they have the right to tell people how to run their lives. I call it delusion of grandeur.

But look. Nobody should tell anyone they need to convert to a different religion, but I think in the late hours a couple of nights ago as I drifted into slumber, I came to what I felt was an understanding. And here it is. I’ll keep it short and the floor is yours, dear public. As much as I try to avoid what sounds like hippie talk and detest using the word “universe” in any spiritual context, it is true that “we are all one.” And as such, we look out for another. It is one of our reasons for being.

But here’s the kicker. The Bhagavad-Gita in Chapter 3 says everyone is on their own individual path and should not be disturbed from said path even if it is delusive. But these words were spoken by Krishna to Arjuna who was in a veritable mosh-pit of delusion at the time, and Krishna was talking him off the ledge, so to speak. Should we not follow Sri Krishna’s example? I say we should, but for different reasons than I thought just two days ago. The reason I feel we should try to remove delusion? Such encounters are an opportunity to remove karma.  It may not change anything in the deluded one, but we have played the part that came to us to play. On a worldly level this will sound like selfish narcissism. But in such a situation of “assistance” I am not the giver, and the other is not the receiver. The Self is both, and the Self is One. We are but doing the work of the Self.
As Gandhi-ji said, “We don’t know what the results of our actions will be, but if we do not act, there will be no result.”
Sometimes we are just called to throw out some positivity, with out thinking of result. Simple. Maybe obvious. But truth be told, I often write things to remind myself, for His Glory.

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