To be perceptive, be receptive
When we see perceptive people who catch things quickly and function expertly, we may feel challenged: “I am not that perceptive.”
We can increase our perceptiveness to some extent, but we can perform better even with our existing perceptiveness if we can increase our receptiveness. Let’s see how.
Significantly, perceptiveness is not just a faculty of the eyes or the senses; it is a faculty of the intelligence that helps us make sense of the information entering through our sensory pathways. Based on the orientation of our intelligence – verbal, spatial, musical, mathematical, logical and so forth – we are more perceptive about certain things and less perceptive about other things. In areas where our perceptiveness is weak, we can improve by appropriate training. But that improvement can’t usually be dramatic – a tone-deaf person can’t become the next Mozart.
Nonetheless, we can dramatically increase our inner receptiveness. To be receptive means to know that the universe is actually a university wherein the supreme teacher is eager to help us learn if we just open our eyes and intelligence to him. That supreme teacher is Krishna, who, the Bhagavad-gita (15.15) states, is the source of knowledge.
Bhakti-yoga tunes our consciousness to Krishna, thereby increasing our receptivity to him. With that increased receptivity, we can better sense his voice from within. That voice makes us more aware of threats and opportunities: threats to steer clear of and opportunities to maximize our contributions using whatever perceptiveness we have. When our receptiveness to Krishna thus increases our overall perceptiveness for making sound decisions, we can use our specific perceptiveness more effectively.
Irrespective of what perceptiveness we have or don’t have and how much we can or can’t improve it, we can always increase our receptiveness. And by that receptiveness, we can expand our inner Krishna connection and outer devotional contribution.
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