March 21, 2013

Wouldn’t It Be Nice? ~ Vrindavan Rao

Everyday Bhagavad-Gita: Help!?

Verse 1.25: In the presence of Bhisma, Drona and all the other chieftains of the world, the Lord said, “Just behold, Partha, all the Kurus assembled here.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if you we had a direct line to God?

Then, we wouldn’t have to guess, or speculate about what we should or shouldn’t do, think or not think. Everything would just be downright obvious.

I’m guessing that yogis aren’t the only ones who wonder about this. It seems that people from all walks of life wonder about it at one time or another: atheists, agnostics, scientists, and bhaktas alike. You name them and they’ve probably asked it, at least once.

I mean, let’s face it. Life is complicated and messy. Often it’s hard to simply decipher what’s right from what’s wrong because our minds are totally befuddled. There’s so much information coming at us from different directions that it’s hard to even know what’s relevant, what to speak of what’s right.

So, if we had someone to tell us what to do, then our problems would be solved. Oh, but we don’t want to settle for just anyone. We want to follow someone who’s advice, or course of action, will guarantee us the right outcome. That’s why you can often hear people pose the question, “Why isn’t God helping me?”

In order to answer that we need to figure out what makes us different from Arjuna.

How does he get Krishna’s help? Now that’s the secret of bhakti yoga.

Arjuna is Krishna’s friend. He loves and trusts Krishna and will do anything for Him. Isn’t it only natural then that Krishna, who has feelings and emotions just like us, would be inclined to help him?

Krishna wants to help us, but do we really want his help?

That’s the real question we need to ask ourselves. You see, Arjuna really wanted Krishna’s help, and as we’ll soon see, will ask for it in all sincerity. Now, be honest with yourself. Do you really want God’s help? Because if you really want it, it’s already there.

It’s already there because God resides in each and every one of us. He’s sitting there in our heart acting as a witness to everything we do. What’s more, He’s privy to all our thoughts and intentions, not just the ones we vocalize, but even the ones buried deep inside.

That’s the catch. There’s no fooling Krishna. He knows. And if we really ask for His help, He’ll give it.


Vrindavan Rao was born into the bhakti tradition and grew up enveloped in it. However, her personal discovery of the bhakti path began in 2004 when had the opportunity to go to a Vedic College in Belgium and from that time she has embraced it completely. Her love for travel has given her the opportunity to study Vedic texts, such as the Bhagavad-gita, in places such as India, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States under the guidance of several advanced practitioners. She especially loves the Gita and refers to it as her “Guidebook for Life” since it contains practical answers for complicated questions and is currently writing a daily blog on every verse of the Gita.

Her background is in science and she not only has a Bacherlor’s degree in Biochemistry, but also a Masters in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. In her free time she loves to write, read, give presentations, sing and work out.

Editor: Thaddeus Haas

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