Patience is not apathy but humility (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 06, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 38

Our culture infatuates us with instant things: instant tea, instant food, instant messaging, to name a few. This infatuation often makes us impatient about things that work at their own pace. Such impatience can be detrimental, even lethal, for our spiritual life, which centers on redirecting our love from matter to Krishna. As we have misdirected our love for many lifetimes, its redirection is unlikely to happen overnight.

That’s why the Bhagavad-gita (04.38) declares kalenatmanivindati: in due course of time, we will relish inner happiness. As an illustration, Gita wisdom often compares the expansion of our love from matter to Krishna with the blossoming of a flower.
Just as a bud is constricted in size, our love is presently constricted to the limited arena of matter.Just as the bud blossoms gradually and actualizes its potential beauty, our love gradually expands by devotional service till it reaches and embraces Krishna, and thereby actualizes our potential spiritual beauty. Just as we can’t accelerate the blossoming of a flower beyond the rate decided by nature, we can’t accelerate the expansion of our love beyond the rate decided by Krishna.

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