Be Receptive – In Gita Verse 1.40 When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Kṛṣṇa, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vṛṣṇi, comes unwanted progeny.
In this verse Arjuna says that when irreligion is prominent in the family, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood. By womanhood he means receiptivity.
To seek truth one needs to be receptive. To be religious means receptivity.
Truth cannot be sought – one can simply be receptive, that’s all. One can open the doors and wait. One can say only this much, “If the divine guest comes, you will be received, welcomed. I don’t know who you are, and I don’t know your address and I cannot even send an invitation. But whosoever you are, and whomsoever it concerns, if you come, my doors will be open – you will not find them closed.” This is all that a seeker can do. And it is all that is needed to be done. More than that is not possible and is not needed.
So let this posture be your deep attitude. One has to become receptive. The search for truth is not a male search. It is a feminine search – just like feminine energy – receptive. Not like a male – aggressive.
Meditativeness is simply a deep receptivity, a readiness, an open door.
Right now Arjuna is disappointed as he is not able to come to his consciousness.
Don’t get discouraged by unconsciousness and errors. Get up again, have another try. It is like groping in the dark. But the door is there, so if you go on groping enough, you will stumble upon the door.
That’s why religion can never become a science – never! It will always remain groping. At the most it can be an art and that to so subtle that it cannot be taught. So go on groping.
One day it happens. How it happens, why it happens, remains a mystery. In fact nobody has ever been able to exactly say how it happens. If somebody can say how it happens, a science can be created. Then you know the technique. Then you can do a certain act, and it happens.
It has happened millions of times, but there is no causality in it, so you cannot determine how it happens. It can be caused. Each time it happens it happens uniquely! Each time it happens it happens in such a new way that it has never happened before like that. And it will not happen again like that. Because each individual is so different, so unique, so individual, that the happening is going to be different. Don’t start longing for it. Allow it to happen – don’t desire it. In desire you become active, aggressive. In allowing you simply wait, in deep receptivity. Waiting for the guest, standing by your door. Nothing can be done! When the guest will come, he will come! You, be ready to receive, that’s all.
Not desiring creates receptivity. Desiring makes you aggressive. Desire makes you active, non-desire makes you inactive – that’s what Lao Tzu says by wu-wei, action by inaction, doing things by not doing them.
Don’t desire – and it happens. Desire – and you have missed. Don’t prefer, and it is there. Seek – and you go infinitely seeking, and you never attain it. Deep receptivity.
This is the mechanism of desire: if you desire, your whole energy becomes active, aggressive – it moves, it becomes male. If you don’t desire, the same energy becomes receptivity, it does not move out, it does not go anywhere, it simply waits, awaits deeply, it becomes feminine. Hence the insistence of Lao Tzu on feminine energy.
The world is the manifestation of male energy. And enlightenment, the other world, the other shore, is the manifestation of feminine energy.
Why Arjuna can see that the feminine energy will be polluted. As he is in the middle of the war where male energy is active and visible. Everyone of them has become aggressive and ready to fight so feminine energy is not visible.
Also in my Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.39 blog, I wrote that right now due to unconsciousness Arjuna is able to see only half the truth. Always remember that half truth is fear oriented. In his fear he thinks that this is permanent, not going to change. But in the universe only one thing is permanent, that is Change.Tags: Be Receptive