A Return to Kindness

2020-21 It’s been a tough time. Brutal for some. Revelatory for others, particularly that the leaders within the Kali-yuga (this age of quarrel, greed, and hypocrisy) are faux leaders. There is not any correct coaching on be a pacesetter. This pretending has been happening for fairly a while, and lately it has solely develop into extra evident. 

In Mahabharata, the instructor, Dronacarya, despatched the 2 prime candidates for management into town to carry out a process. Duryodhana is shipped to seek out somebody higher than himself. Yudhisthira is shipped to seek out somebody decrease than himself. Duryodhana examines the folks he encounters, however he can’t discover anybody higher. He thinks he himself is one of the best and biggest. Yudhisthira, then again, sees the worth within the varied members of society: the brahmanas, the tenders of the cows, the retailers and employees. He concludes that he himself is the bottom. 

Later within the Mahabharata, the sage Narada instructs Yudhisthira that the leaders of society should take duty for the happiness of the residents. And who’re the residents? Not solely the human beings, however even the animals, birds, and the bushes. In the Bhagavad-Gita (12:13), the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna expands on this level, urging us all to not be envious, however to be a “type good friend to all residing beings.” Krishna goes on to declare that an individual who behaves on this manner may be very pricey to Him. 

In instructing the warrior prince Arjuna, Krishna provides us all a easy standards to know His teachings. Krishna mentions it repeatedly. Gita 4:3 “Because you might be My devotee and good friend, you may due to this fact perceive the transcendental thriller of this historic science.”
Gita 9:1 “Because you might be by no means envious of Me, I shall impart to you this most confidential data and realization, figuring out which you shall be relieved of the miseries of fabric existence.”
Gita 18:64: “Because you might be My very pricey good friend, I’m chatting with you My supreme instruction, probably the most confidential data of all.”

Krishna tells Arjuna to not be envious, to be a good friend to all, to see the Supreme Lord in all places and in all issues, to simply accept His illuminating steering, and to know we’re everlasting, non secular beings, not a lump of mundane wishes and impulses. So with out the sort of steering how can we’ve a peaceable society? 

Kindness, compassion, and being a good friend to all are foundational ideas for these on the trail of Bhakti. True kindness begins with respecting all life, to see each residing entity as an individual. But this isn’t potential in a society that maintains so many slaughterhouses and torturing animals who’re dying in agony. Slaughterhouses are an excellent disturbance. Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport of Srimad Bhagavatam 1:17:3, they’re “accountable for all of the troubles in current society.” We can dwell more healthy and calmer lives, personally and as a society, with out slaughterhouses.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is giving profound data to Arjuna, and to us as effectively. And just like the warrior Arjuna, we will also be a warrior by being a form good friend to all residing beings. This 12 months allow us to resolve to know, act in, and train actual kindness. 

I pray the brand new 12 months finds you in good well being and spirits. May all be effectively. Walk in love and pleasure and gratitude. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare / Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


Sankirtana Das is a longtime resident of New Vrindaban, and an award-winning creator and storyteller. His ebook, Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest, is acclaimed by students and devotees alike. For extra data about his work see



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