Today’s meditation: spoken guided meditation for pain and sickness.
The fourth discourse of the Bhagavad Gita begins with Lord Krishna explaining that he is reborn into the world when dark forces begin to rise up and he is needed to restore peace, order and harmony.
All humans go through the cycle of birth and death until such time that their faith is unwavering and they reach sadhana (enlightenment). Only then does the cycle end and the soul can be freed.
By taking actions without concerning oneself with the fruits of those actions, so long as they are for the common good, we eventually gain the wisdom of the fact that nothing is real except that which is unchangeable (the soul). By being pure and unattached we achieve this state. Eventually we realize that in truth we are not the doer-the actions are something unto themselves when we have no hope of a particular outcome. Armed with this knowledge we overcome sins of the past and no longer have worry about sins in the future. It’s all about having faith.
For me this discourse offers encouragement that a greater force (call it God, love, Krishna, etc…) will overcome hate and prejudice. We simply must act in accordance with our best intentions without fear of outcomes, without hope of outcomes. Simply do what we feel is right. When we act from a placxxe of love without worrying about how others will perceive us or how others will react, or even our own self-interest we are no longer the one doing. As Deepak Chopra has put it “even in loving it is love that loves through us”. We must remain faithful above all else.