Thursday, 18 February 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

243 Avenue Rd., The Balcony


Cold Hot


I stepped outside and winter was so there. Temperatures are not so severe. In some parts of the continent they can be brutal. Try Calgary, for instance. It often enjoys the warm chinooks coming from the Rocky Mountains, but sometimes residents receive the ultimate chill of -45°C, like the other day. Now that is cold and that lowness is shared by the prairie pioneers and the plains of the northern states like Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana and Alaska.


Weather, in general, is temperamental. It’s allowed to be. It has no choice.


Some of the people I meet from the tropics ask, “It’s cold where you live, isn’t it?” And I, and slight defensive tone, will reply, “Yes, and where you live it’s an unbearable hot hell.” Touché!


In the Bhagavad-Gita the weather and temperature are compared to the wayward condition of the mind. Arjuna remarks, “It would be easier to harness the wind than to harness the mind.”


Krishna agrees. At the same time he encourages Arjuna to endeavour at taming the mind to a reasonable degree, to avoid it slavery.


In that regard we can say, “The weather is permitted to be cold or hot, but the human being strives for not.”  We are all inclined to be emotional, however, we are also inclined to be devotional. For that to be achieved we shoot for maintaining an equilibrium — a balance.


Please check Bhagavad-Gita 2.14.


May the source be with you!

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