I looked out the window of Vishal’s home only to find a whiteness which has awakened a stillness. It’s beautiful really. Shanti! There is peace. Tranquility! Tranquility of mind.
I don’t mind winter and it is usually full-blown here in Winnipeg. One devotee from Kazakstan, who drove me to the airport, expressed, “It’s actually pleasant out today—only about -14° Celsius.”
Yes, that’s true, I thought. Winter, especially in Winnipeg, is indeed ‘epitomized harshness’ so far as weather is concerned. And December is that time of great reflection. Walking by the Red or Assiniboine Rivers are ideal locations for this kind of reflection or introspection.
I tend to remember the image of the iconic two—Krishna and Arjuna—poised as teacher and student. It was at this time of year that the dissemination of wisdom by Sri Krishna took place. Arjuna possessed a mind of turbulence. Krishna was calmness personified. The weak required the strong. Weakness is something to keep in check.
I’m especially excited to see Krishna charging with His horses, headed toward the enemy—the enemy ultimately referring to vice. Lust, anger and greed are the vices identified. This is the image I see in my mind’s eye after hearing the description in the Bhagavad-gita of Krishna and Arjuna setting out to task, to duty.
And when the opportunity arises to glance at the Gita’s cover depicting the two just before the charge, when Arjuna is at his lowest point, it beckons me to enter into the mysteries of life.
So, Winnipeg—your snow conjures up good thoughts.
May the Source be with you!