Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 10
When we try to live according to traditional devotional culture in our contemporary material surroundings, we face a constant challenge: “How much do I stick to the tradition and how much do I adapt to my surroundings?”
To meetthis challenge, we need to tread the fine line that balances fidelity and flexibility. We connect with the tradition through fidelity,our faithfulness to its essential and inviolable principles. We connect with our surroundings through our flexibility, our readiness to adapt to the exigenciesand opportunities of our surroundings.
Treading the fine line that balances fidelity and flexibility may seemlike walking on a tightrope, a tense and ticklish endeavor at best. Fortunately, we have the example of advanced spiritual preceptors who walk across the tightrope with ease and grace.