Krishna Tweets on Worry

Lord Krishna, being a little older than Buddha and Jesus, is an infrequent twitter user so he would have missed the worry discussion on his timeline…but you know someone would have sent him a DM:

Jesus and Buddha are at it again, discussing things that you’ve already covered…what say you on Worry? 

Krishna prefers the one on one type of instruction, so he probably would have just DM’ed this response:

why do you worry without cause? whom do you fear without reason? who can kill you? The soul is neither born nor does it die. 

whatever happened, happened for the good; whatever is happening, is happening for the good; whatever will happen, will also happen for the good only. 

what did you lose that you cry about? what did you bring with you which you think you have lost? what did you produce, which you think got destroyed? You did not bring anything — whatever you have, you received from here. Whatever you have given, you have given only here. Whatever you took, you took from God. Whatever you gave, you gave to Him. You came empty handed, you will leave empty handed. What is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else the day after tomorrow. You are mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours. It is this false happiness that is the cause of your sorrows. 

this body is not yours, neither are you of the body. the body is made of fire, water, air, earth and ether, and will disappear into these elements. but the soul is permanent – SO WHO ARE YOU? 

dedicate your being to God. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon. Those who know of his support are forever free from fear, worry and sorrow. 

Yes, Krishna is a little long-winded….

The words I used in previous posts, attributed to Jesus and Buddha, were meant to inspire active participation in creating one’s life. Worrying does nothing but feed upon itself; however when we place our focus on Purpose and Action we are able to move, flow and dance with life and its unavoidable ups and downs. Jesus and Buddha knew this and attempted to bring us to this awareness. But Krishna cuts through all of the foolishness of the ups and downs…there are no ups, no downs…it’s all good he says. The Universe is unfolding according to whatever cosmic or divine principles that have been in place for eternity. Whatever happens is according to those principles and there’s nothing we can do about it. So it’s ‘good’ in the sense that, in the grand scheme of creation, things are always as they should be and they can never stray from order.

Then he speaks directly to the things we worry about and challenges you to consider what they really mean. Look here, Krishna is not playing the ‘you are a human being so some of this stuff you do here is important’ game…he confronts us continually with our true essence: immortal non-creation. He tells us that none of these things we play with here are of our concern. Does a parent lose sleep if his toddler breaks a toy? No. But to the toddler this is a devastating occurrence. To the adult, it’s nothing at all. When we worry we are like the toddler, upset over the toy we can never have. Our true Self is completely unconcerned.

If you dreamed last night about a project you had due in the morning, do you wake and worry about the project? Of course not! What foolishness would that be? Krishna tells us that this world is akin to that dream state, it’s passing by. Just as your dream felt real last night as you were involved in it, so does this world feel real as we play in it. This is “mistakenly enjoying the thought that this is yours.”

These are difficult concepts to grasp; even as I write these things I understand how far away I am from understanding. But if you are able to identify with “this body is not yours, neither are you of the body.” Then you are ready to sit with yourself in a silent place and ponder the one question:  SO WHO ARE YOU? 

I think when you start asking and answering that question, the things you like to worry about begin fading away.

Krishna’s words may seem contrary to what I’ve discussed about the Great Masters’ teachings on worry over the last few days. On the one hand, Jesus and Buddha present a good argument for finding your Purpose in life then remaining focused on actualizing that thing as a means to alleviate worry. On the other hand, Krishna would prefer we see this world as the dream state it is and “dedicate your being to MonkeyDrop. He is the one to be ultimately relied upon.” However the most effective way to relieve worrisome thoughts is a combination of both paths. Remain focused on what you are here to do while dedicating the results to a higher ideal. That higher ideal could mean God, but it could also mean the liberation of mankind from suffering; or anything you decide would be worth creating in this world.

Personally, I’ve discovered Purpose in my life and have dedicated it to the spiritual evolution of the planet we inhabit. This provides me with a good gauge for understanding when my thoughts and actions are in order but also the freedom to know that the ultimate goal, spiritual evolution of the planet, will require intervention beyond my control. As long as I am making a conscious effort to do my part,  it would do no good to worry about anything more.

May all beings be free from suffering,