Top Angle View - Part 2

Top Angle View - Part 2

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Top Angle View", wherein we saw the need for looking at the broader perspective of life, respecting and being tolerant to others' view points. Now let us continue further.

There is a popular saying that a problem is like a stone and if we keep it too close to our eyes and see, it looks very big, whereas if we keep it at a distance and see, it looks small. When we look at things from a great height, sitting above, then from that top angle view, we are able to see more than a person sitting on the ground. That is why it is called Udasina. Ut means above (the modes) and aasina means to sit and that is why a person who is udaasina, is a neutral person. Krishna describes Himself as being udaasina. Those who thus have a broadened perspective or those who observe like Krishna are referred to as vishadaashayaah (broad minded) in Srimad Bhagavatam.

We have all been through times when a problem seems so large and seems to have a power beyond our control. At that moment, our lives are enveloped by that crisis and we seem to be caught in a web of confusion. At these junctions, we should pray to Krishna and do more devotional service and try to look at the bigger picture. As we intensify our devotional service, then what happens is very beautifully described in SB 3.25.18

jnaana-vairaagya-yuktena / bhakti-yuktena caatmanaa
paripashyaty udaasinam / prakrtim ca hataujasam

"In that position of self-realization, by practice of knowledge and renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective; he becomes indifferent to material existence, and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him."

As our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "Our mind is expert at creating labels, framing opinions and in developing preconceived notions". And we ensure that we have enough examples to prove our opinion correct. If someone is viewed as being "arrogant", then whatever they do will often be coloured by that perception. We perhaps can lead more free, lighter lives by just being aware that our mind churns pictures which are just versions of reality and it is only speculation, concoction and preconceived notion. The less we become attached to those pictures, and the more we become attached to Krishna, our spiritual master and Srimad Bhagavatam, the more loving we become to ourselves and others because Krishna gives us the right perspective. 

The next time we find ourselves in a corner either because of a situation or an opinion, let us just zoom around and look again. The new way of looking at things might just lead us to the door to unlimited possibilities!

Thank you very much

Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi
Abu dhabi.