Thursday, January 29, 2009

the great recession gita

Arjuna was weary of industry. He was sure that business sapped the strength of all concerned, and he wished no part of that destruction. Instead he vowed to remain above the fray.

From his vantage point, he watched as banks defaulted and corporations declared bankruptcy. Even countries were failing. The world was going wrong while politicians fiddled their old tunes.

His old friend Krishna dropped by one day, and Arjuna asked him what he, himself, thought of this dire situation. Your dream has gone off-balance, Krishna replied. Your refusal to follow destiny, and dharma, has set your world adrift.

But Krishna, Arjuna answered, certainly I am not responsible for the daily news. Even I, the Great Arjuna, have limits to my ego.

Ah Arjuna, the daily news is only your present news. What is called global recession is only your depression. Do not waste your time considering all the dreams of others. You must act now only for yourself.

But Krishna, nothing really matters in the end. This dream is but a dream.

Krishna replied: do not think about what matters. That is not your duty. Consider this: you are not the dreamer. It is yours to act when acted, dream when dreamt.

But Krishna, even if that’s so, then my action to take no action is being acted for me.

Krishna looked Arjuna in the eye: your thoughts are very intricate, Arjuna. But they are not for you. Don’t listen. They are only thoughts of others you have gained in battle all these years. Listen instead to your heart. Then take action.

But I cannot hear my heart and therefore here I stand knowing no action to take at all.

Arjuna, of course you can hear your heart. Right here, right now, it's speaking to you. And you certainly have answered. Its name is Krishna. Get a job.

Peace to All and One,
Son Rivers


baskar said...

People have written all sorts of interpretations of Gita- saying it supports karma, devotion, devotion to a single god, devotion to a god with form, gnana, everything.

I was thinking: here is krishna imparting wisdom on the battle-field. In these days, it has to be the free-market. Someone should take Charles Handy's ideas and interpret Gita from the viewpoint of free-market.

And you have done something similar.


greg perry said...

I'm sure you can write all sorts of interpretations on the free-market with the Gita as well. This one basically wrote itself though. So, it's really not mine. I have to say I enjoyed its message though. And you're right. The free-market is the new battlefield these days. But I really need to read Ghandi's interpretaion though.