Friday, June 12th, 2015
At meetings held in a downtown Miami office, we did
discuss that which is relevant to any institution, organization, business, or
even a relationship. Authors James
Collins, and Jerry Porras, wrote about the coined expression, “The tyranny of
OR, and the genius of AND”. For
opportunity, for inclusiveness, for success, one should embrace the latter
This type of thinking of considering many possibilities
and keeping various doors open was something utilized by our guru, Srila Prabhupada. This same concept of the novel writer, F.
Scott Fitzgerald, can also be considered when he said, “The test of a first
rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same
time, and still retain the ability to function.”
When I talked to Tamohara, my good friend who was in the
room during the time of this discussion, it brought to mind the principal of
Sri Chaitanya who highlighted unity in diversity, which in Sanskrit terms,
reads as follows:
Achintya bheda bheda
As a westerner, I was brought up firmly believing in
black and white vision, or the all or nothing viewpoint. It was a breath of fresh air to run into a
culture with roots from the east, Krishna Consciousness, that has embedded into
it the concept of holding varying ideas in place and not running into
There’s also the sun and sunshine analogy. Two different components exist, and yet the
energy is basically the same. We can
also draw the example of the constitution of water, and how it applies to the
ocean and a mere drop of water. They are
one, but different.
By the way, regarding the sun, when I strolled a stretch
of the edge of Coconut Grove, I really did feel like I was becoming one with
the sun. I was roasting.
May the Source be with you!