We are often tempted to view our lives dualistically. We believe that in order to become spiritually enlightened we need to repress our human nature and renounce the pleasures of life. Our image of holiness is the solemn-faced saint with the halo on her head. Krishna shows us that, while we inhabit this human body, we can evolve spiritually and still be fully human. We can sing and dance, laugh and play while we also study, pray, give, love, and serve. Our spiritual leaders reinforce this idea. From Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama to our own gurus, all show us how to smile, to crack a joke, to—in the words of Dorothy Day—practice "the duty of delight."
In the book Karma Sannyasa, Swami Satsangi writes, “To adore life is the greatest sadhana.” Krishna shows us how to live our lives fully, to embrace all life has to offer, while always keeping our eye on our ultimate purpose—to remember who we truly are and to act in this world as instruments of the Lord of Love.