11.32: History is His-story
The Bhagavad-gita (11.32) describes that time is a manifestation of God. Overall, the eleventh chapter of the Gita demonstrates the dynamic connectedness of God with the material world: he is not just a passive cosmic presence, but also an active universal agent who is shaping history according to his benevolent will for the gradual purification and eventual redemption of all.
This enlightened vision of God as the ultimate historical agent enables us to see history in a new light as His-story: he is orchestrating the chaotic and even destructive events on the world-stage as the unavoidable storm necessary to raise human consciousness to the divine level, where the enlightened human heart can relish an unbreakable calm.
This insight provides us, as it did to Arjuna, with the double empowerment of relief and confidence:
- Relief because we realize that we don’t have to worry about how everything and everyone will shape up; there is a far greater intelligence taking care of that.
- Confidence because we recognize that if we just do our part, a higher agent will come to our aid, nay, use us in his aid, and bring about a beneficent result for one and all.
Avatari Chaitanya dasa (through email)
Hare Krishna Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhu, I am going through these daily thoughts with great delight. Thank you very much for starting these and sustaining them through the months. Prabhu, I hope you are better at present. I am not seeing you in Pune temple. So I am not sure where you are. I am very eager to have your association and hear your classes on BhagavadGita again.
Your insignificant servant,
Avatari Chaitanya dasa