no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work.”
-Bhagavad Gita 3:4-5
Many talk of the power of love and the wisdom of compassion while at the same time avoiding situations where walking their talk may be challenging or even just uncomfortable. While it’s good to abstain from wrong action, at some point we have to ask ourselves how much “right action” we’re engaged in as well. I don’t believe we can progress spiritually through contemplation alone, especially if we’re avoiding anything. To free ourselves from fear, ignorance and limitation, we must exercise whatever power and knowledge we have by applying them in big and small ways every day.