What is the nature of an enlightened being?
The last question Arjuna asks Lord Shri Krishna in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita is, ‘what is the description of a person established in profound knowledge?’
The Beloved Lord then replies with a wonderful description of a being devoid of all selfishness. A person who with senses restrained is absorbed in yoga on the Lord. Free from attachment and anger, the sage is always calm and free from suffering. This sage is like the ocean which is continually filled with active rivers but stands still throughout.
Today is the 93rd Birthday of his Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj. This is a being who I think embodies this higher wisdom. With the wishes, prayers and desires of hundreds of temples, thousands and thousands of devotees, he is an ocean of compassion for so many people. His life is one of selfless service to God and Humanity.
In 2.77 The Beloved Lord says, ‘Abandoning all selfish desires, a person moves through life free from materialistic cravings. Without the sense of egocentricity and without the notion of ‘I am the doer’ that one obtains true peace.
When I read this verse, Pramukh Swami comes to mind. He exists only to serve us all, without ever having met him you can feel the love and wisdom that emanates from a being like him. He continues to set the highest example of how to live to us all, I wish him a very Happy Birthday.
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