Strive More for the Gift of Presence Than the Presence of Gifts, Harinaam Prabhu (Gita Daily)

Published on Sep 13, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12, Text 09-10

We express our love for others through gifts. In spiritual life too, we can express our devotion to Krishna through gifts — donations offered, contributions collected and books distributed, for example.

Krishna looks forward most to the gift of our presence. The Bhagavad-gita, while describing various levels of devotion, places the level of practicing to remember him (12.09) above the level of offering our work and its results to him (12.10).

Mantra meditation offers us the opportunity to offer our presence to Krishna, for he is non-different from his holy names. So the more attentive we are in our mantra meditation, the better is the quality of our gift of presence.

Of course, Krishna doesn’t need any gift from us. He is the Lord of the Goddess of Fortune; he already possesses everything, including whatever we may offer him. Yet being the Lord of love, he is ever eager for love. What pleases him is not our gifts, but the love we offer through those gifts.

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