How Do You Expect Someone To Be Dhira

[Narasimha-Prahlada]“Any man who has perfect knowledge of the constitution of the individual soul, the Supersoul, and nature—both material and spiritual—is called a dhira or a most sober man. Such a man is never deluded by the change of bodies.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita, 2.13 Purport)

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Friend1: Can you tell me something? How is a person supposed to remain calm and steady in the face of calamity?

Friend2: What kind of calamity?

Friend1: The worst you can think of.

Friend2: Death and destruction?

Friend1: Sure. Take someone that you really care about. The unthinkable happens to them. You try to visualize the horrors they went through. You try to feel their pain. It is beyond comprehension. You become sad, as a result.

Friend2: That is only natural.

Friend1: Okay, but Bhagavad-gita speaks about the person who is dhira.

Friend2: That generally refers to sobriety.

Friend1: But not in the sense of lack of intoxication.

Friend2: The dhira individual is sober in their assessment of the changes to the body.

देहिनो ऽस्मिन् यथा देहे
कौमारं यौवनं जरा
तथा देहान्तर-प्राप्तिर्
धीरस् तत्र न मुह्यति

dehino ‘smin yathā dehe
kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir
dhīras tatra na muhyati

“As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.13)

Friend1: The body is always changing. The individual inside is the same. They are steady.

Friend2: The dhira person realizes this. That is how they are more or less unaffected by the changes.

Friend1: It seems like an impossible standard to reach.

Friend2: You are overthinking it.

Friend1: How so?

Friend2: It doesn’t mean that you don’t get upset. You can still grieve for the departed.

Friend1: Really?

Friend2: That is only natural. A saintly person always feels pain for others. They are always sad to see the influence of maya gaining superiority. They don’t want anyone to needlessly suffer.

Friend1: Okay, but that suffering is related to the body. The individual does not get affected.

Friend2: Still, the suffering is there. It is temporary. It occurs in something like a dream. The situation might not be real, but the influence of the experience is.

[Krishna-Arjuna]Friend1: But Arjuna was upset at the bloodshed that lay ahead. His mindset did not indicate dhira.

Friend2: That is what I was getting to. You can grieve. You can have empathy. The distinction with the dhira individual is that they are not affected in their behavior. They continue with prescribed duties. That is what Arjuna ended up doing, after talking it over with Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Friend1: We don’t have to become robots, then? That makes more sense to me.

Friend2: We are using Arjuna’s situation from Bhagavad-gita as a point of reference, but consider also someone like Prahlada Maharaja.

Friend1: The saintly son of Hiranyakashipu.

Friend2: Prahlada tolerated the worst torture a person can imagine. Prahlada did not even make distinctions between friend and enemy. He was so dhira that nothing could cloud his vision linking everything to the Divine.

“Demons think of everyone as a friend or enemy, but Vaishnavas say that since everyone is a servant of the Lord, everyone is on the same platform. Therefore a Vaishnava treats other living entities neither as friends nor as enemies, but instead tries to spread Krishna consciousness, teaching everyone that we are all one as servants of the Supreme Lord but are uselessly wasting our valuable lives by creating nations, communities and other groups of friends and enemies.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Shrimad Bhagavatam, 7.5.12 Purport)

[Narasimha-Prahlada]Friend1: That is interesting. Arjuna proceeded in a battle that certainly identified allies and adversaries.

Friend2: In the external sense. There was a job to do. Every living being is a spirit soul on the inside. This doesn’t mean we should behave innocently with a tiger. Behavior should fit the situation, but a person can maintain knowledge on the inside. The dhira person sees both body and spirit, and ultimately they realize that the best way for the living being to live is in connection with the Supreme Spirit. Such living is known as yoga.

In Closing:

Not living as robot is he,
Sad when suffering to see.

Joyous when situations rebounded,
But not by changing body confounded.

Because from higher knowledge taking,
Steady disposition making.

Like Prahlada for Vishnu work to do,
And Arjuna no more doubts too.

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  1. Radhe Radhe ❣️ oshriRadhekrishnaBole ❣️ Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Jay Jay shree Siya Ram

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