Good afternoon, dear Ones,
I learned another word this week. Diffidence.
A word that was widely used in the 1800s and that gradually came out of fashion, it seems. How did that happen?
I was listening to a teaching by Master Djwhal (titled Doorway to Mystical Aliveness) where he mentioned a passage in the Bhagavad-Gita where Arjuna asks Lord Krishna to see his divine or cosmic form.
Upon Krishna’s agreement, Arjuna experiences quite a journey into a mystical world one can only apprehend with a divine eye.
Here are a few words about Arjuna’s experience.
“Gazing upon Krishna’s myriad and very mutable images, Arjuna saw all the gods, sages and a multitude of beings, even what he termed “celestial serpents” as well as Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma seated on a lotus. He beheld the “lord of the Universe” everywhere with infinite forms and having many faces, bellies, and eyes but throughout it all, he was unable to decipher a beginning or an ending in Krishna’s universal form. One aspect of his vision was that he directly apprehended the scope of eternity, which by any standard, is quite remarkable.
Further he not only grasped the utter boundlessness of Krishna’s divine nature, he also realized that Krishna’s vast consciousness is what all must ultimately realize. Arjuna saw the entire universe arise in the many shifting images that flashed in his mind. The sun and the moon appeared as Krishna’s eyes and the fire emanating from the lord’s mouth appeared to scorch the entire universe. Of course, he is speaking in visionary language since it was an inner experience and not something that another person standing nearby could have witnessed.”
And here is the paragraph that mentions ‘diffidence.’
“The images that Arjuna received effectively terrified him but they also brought him into alignment with Krishna’s utter power. Were these images less forceful, that alignment may not have happened. Arjuna was broken open in the course of his vision. His arrogance was washed away by the vision as was his diffidence before Krishna.”
Diffidence aside, or diffidence washed away, the question that remains,
How do we get to see God or Krishna’s infinite power?
What is the path one shall venture into?
Any ideas, dear Ones?
Gilles Asselin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: A little bit of diffidence
Time: Apr 7, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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