Thursday, October 27, 2011


"To work, alone, you are entitled, never to its fruit. Neither let your motive be the fruit of action, nor let your attachment be to non-action.

"Being established in yoga, O Dhananjaya, perform your actions, casting off attachment and remaining even-minded both in success and in failure. This evenness is called yoga."

-Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita (II. 47-48)

Today marks the Hindu new year - an auspicious day to begin a new endeavor.

It is also the day on which little Krishna held up Govardhan Hill with his little finger like an umbrella, in order to protect the people of Brindavan from the torrential rain and wrath of Indra. (Indra was retaliating after the villagers, at little Krishna's urging, stopped performing sacrifices for him and instead began to worship the Hill. It's a long story. After he held up the hill, the villagers - and Indra - realized Krishna was more than just a talkative village boy). Tonight the local Krishna temple will celebrate with a Govardhan puja. Read more here. Some say this incident set up but it actually set up the basis of the karma path of yoga later detailed in the Bhagavad-Gita. More context here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Happy Belated New Year!