The best sleep followed by the best walk (at the Coconut Grove docks) took place in Miami this morning. I gave a class from the Bhagavatam, speaking on the qualities of the teacher (a brahman). To quote the Gita, they are peaceful, self-controlled, austere, pure, tolerant, wise, versed in scripture, and dharmic (spiritually moral). [18:42]
They are qualities, I realized, that I must work on.
I flew to Houston to meet up with my bhakti peers/leaders of North American Krishna Consciousness. At off times—from meetings—I dwelt on further readings from the Gita concerning the twenty-four elements.
I was intrigued with the teachings of the Vedas—their depth. To share: Gita 13:6-7:
“From all the authoritative statements of the great sages, the Vedic hymns and the aphorisms of the Vedānta-sūtra, the components of this world can be understood as follows. First there are earth, water, ﬁre, air and ether. These are the ﬁve great elements (mahā-bhūta). Then there are false ego, intelligence and the unmanifested stage of the three modes of nature. Then there are ﬁve senses for acquiring knowledge: the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. Then ﬁve working senses: voice, legs, hands, anus and genitals. Then, above the senses, there is the mind, which is within and which can be called the sense within. Therefore, including the mind, there are eleven senses altogether. Then there are the ﬁve objects of the senses: smell, taste, form, touch and sound. Now the aggregate of these twenty-four elements is called the ﬁeld of activity. If one makes an analytical study of these twenty-four subjects, then he can very well understand the ﬁeld of activity…”
There is so much in the above excerpt.
May you think about it!
May the Source be with you!