Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream…
A Western rhyme of my childhood that helped a fifteen year old understand the simplicity of action described in the Gita.
I remember being really wound up by Arjuna at the beginning of the Gita. I mean come on! There is this amazing dude who is insanely powerful, even his teachers favour him over all their princely pupils. He’s even done the all righteous thing of remaining undiscovered in exile in a forest of wild things to pay his brother’s gambling debt. Yet when it comes to fight the righteous war to win back what belongs to his brothers. He starts backing out. Why?
Because he’s over thinking it. He sees the war he has to wage as his to do based on his ego and mentations — pointless regurgitating thoughts chucked on by society.
No man, sit back in the boat I shout, the vision and thought comes from beyond you. It just needs you to gently row the boat, it wants you to be the conduit. If not you then someone else. These ideas of great deeds are not born in us they are infinite divine ideas waiting to emerge through us if only we are open to them. The only effort required here is to have the intention to sail forth, by first unfurling the sails so the journey is shortened and sped up.
Krishna explains to Arjuna that the greedy brothers and all that war against him are going to die because of Krishna anyhow, He tells Arjuna that he is just the earthly body through which Krishna chooses to carry the slaughter. Arjuna understands this much later after much moping that all he has to do his follow his purpose and allow the inspiration in this case Krishna to pull him into right action.
I’m no Krishna or Arjuna but it is pretty clear:
Wake up with joy, stay open to the gems of inspiration that fit in with what rings true un your gut and allow yourself to be pulled effortlessly into real thought (no old thoughts) and action.