The Bhagavad Gita is fascinating on many levels, one of which is the many different ways Lord Krishna tries to explain every concept to Arjuna. Sometimes, Arjuna comes across as being really slow on the uptake but then, so many of us make the same mistake over and over and over again and just don’t get it. It almost seems as though Krishna explains things to Arjuna in different ways because the message is not just for him, but for many many many more people who will come after him. The biggest inference for me is – as a leader you don’t influence just one life, you influence a whole generation beyond that one life. Think about what you say to your direct reports, think deeply about what lessons you are imparting to them through your actions because they influence several more people down the line. Massive responsibility for leaders ….. phew!
While you mull over that here’s verse 14 from Chapter 2 –
मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदु: खदा: |
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || 14||
mātrā-sparśhās tu kaunteya śhītoṣhṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ
āgamāpāyino ’nityās tans-titikṣhasva bhārata
When it rains – it can be a pleasant shower or a storm. Your behaviour has to change accordingly. Winters can be cozy if you have a fireplace and enough firewood to burn. Winters can also be very harsh if you have no protection. Use this time to stay low, gather your energy and wait for better times.
Nature, like Lord Krishna is telling us through the changing seasons that there is always the right time to do certain things and you just need to have the patience to find the right season, the right time to do things.
I had written a blog way back in 2012 about Corporate Seasons with a similar theme.