Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today." They had no idea of what an elephant is. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was. Everyone of them touched the elephant. "Hey, the elephant is a pillar," said the first man who touched his leg. "Oh, no! it is like a rope," said the second man who touched the tail. "Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree," said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant. "It is like a big hand fan" said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant. "It is like a huge wall," said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant. "It is like a solid pipe," Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant. They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated.
A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, "What is the matter?" They said, "We cannot agree to what the elephant is like." Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, "All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said." "Oh!" everyone said. There was no more fight. They felt happy that they were all right.
The moral of the story is that there may be some truth to what someone says. Sometimes we can see that truth and sometimes not because they may have different perspective which we may not agree to. So, rather than arguing like the blind men, we should say, "Maybe you have your reasons." This way we don't get in arguments. Being tolerant towards others for their viewpoints allows us to live in harmony with people of different thinking. Otherwise as Srimad Bhagavatam says in 1.17.18, there is vaakya bheda vimohitaah – there are differences of opinions and we endlessly fight and this leads to us becoming bewildered and wasting whatever little time we have at our disposal. To get over this, we have to understand the definition of Krishna consciousness. Our beloved Guru Maharaj refers to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.29.69 as the definition of Krishna Consciousness.
sattvaika-nishte manasi / bhagavat-paarshva-vartini
tamas candramasivedam / uparajyaavabhaasate
"Krishna consciousness means constantly associating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in such a mental state that the devotee can observe the cosmic manifestation exactly as the Supreme Personality of Godhead does. Such observation is not always possible, but it becomes manifest exactly like the dark planet known as Raahu, which is observed in the presence of the full moon."
So we have to diligently cultivate the habit of observing the manifestation of the world the way Krishna observes. It is just like zooming. In the camera, we have the option to zoom and this enables to have a look at the bigger picture. Whenever we make a pause and make a sincere attempt to look at the big picture, the mind, which is invariably and inevitably caught up in the narrow labyrinth of a situation, is able to see it in the context of larger schemata.
Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi
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