Do thy part!: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 28

I am feeling very intensely today about following my heart. However, I am not sure what this means for me right now; thus, I am left with more questions than answers. Perhaps my questions will help you find your own answers–or your own questions.

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Guiding Thought

We allow ourselves to connect with our pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness We are aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through us, as us. We connect with our heart, and are aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. We are filled with Joy as we embrace our heart’s Love.

Reflection

Following your heart takes courage. Really listening to your heart, your soul, and your being, and doing what is within you to do, takes courage.

I would not say that it is easy to follow the precepts of the world: life is full of decisions and learning, mistakes and effort, struggle and strife (that is, until we figure things out–then life becomes easier). But in some ways, following a path that is laid out before you through social expectations (go to school, get a job, have a relationship, make babies, etc) is easier than really listening to your heart and following what is within you.

But this…this…following your heart, listening to your heart, doing as your heart wills, is so very important, and crucial to fully expressing yourself fully, as a divine expression.

There is a section of the Bhagavad-Gita in which Arjuna (a warrior-prince) is lamenting to Krishna that he is being asked to kill in battle. He is truly distraught over this, even though he is a warrior. Krishna says to him (paraphrased): “Life does not end, you can’t kill Life. Don’t worry about it. Do your duty. You are a warrior. Warriors kill (though death is but a beginning). It’s better to do what you are than not do what is yours to do”.  (The full text is below.)

Do thy part! In other words: do what is within you. Do what is your duty (according to your heart, your soul).

How have I shunned my heart? How have I not been true to my soul? How have I not listened deeply enough? How have I not performed what is mine to do? How do I know? How do I listen deeply enough so that I know, and so I know that I know? Why is this concept speaking to me so loudly? What do I need to learn? What is mine to do? ( I do not currently have these answers, but at least I have the questions!)

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Krishna:

That which is can never cease to be; that which is not will not exist. To see this truth of both is theirs who part essence from accident, substance from shadow.

Indestructible, learn thou! the Life is, spreading life through all; It cannot anywhere, by any means, be anywise diminished, stayed, or changed.

But for these fleeting frames which it informs with spirit deathless, endless, infinite, they perish. Let them perish, Prince! and fight!

He who shall say, “Lo! I have slain a man!” he who shall think, “Lo! I am slain!” those both know naught! Life cannot slay. Life is not slain! Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are dreams! Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit forever; death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems!

…This Life within all living things, my Prince! hides beyond harm; scorn thou to suffer, then, for that which cannot suffer.

Do thy part! Be mindful of thy name, and tremble not! Nought better can betide a martial soul than lawful war; happy the warrior to whom comes joy of battle–comes, as now, glorious and fair, unsought; opening for him a gateway unto Heav’n. But if thou shun this honorable field…if knowing thy duty and thy task, thou biddest duty and task to go by–that shall be sin! (Bhagavad-Gita, Sir Edwin Arnold edition. Chapter two)

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