While watching a shoot ’em up movie with my husband, I heard a term that has been used in many movies and by people around me. “I got your 6!” was meaningless, without context and sounded like a jumble of words. So I looked it up on Urban Dictionary. If you are giving directions via the face of a clock, 12 o’clock is in front of you, 3 to your right, 9 to your left and 6 is behind you. So, I got your 6 means, I’ve got your back! What a fun term.
As you roll through life, who really has your 6? Who is there to catch you before you fall? You may have work or personal partners who help… but it is rare to have someone everywhere you go, at all times. I think that personal responsibility is a key to success. BUT?!?!?
When you discern your atman (energetic soul) as being without beginning middle or end, and as connected to the great divine, you realize that there are no limits to the forces of greatness that can say “I got your 6!”
The Bhagavad Gita presents the relationship between Arjuna and Krishna as a friendship. Then, in chapter eleven when Arjuna realized the magnitude of Krishna’s reach, he was terrified at the limitless power of Krishna. The Narrator, Sanjaya says
Having spoken these words, the Lord once again assumed the gentle form of Krishna and consoled his devotee, who had been so afraid.
Excerpt From: Eknath Easwaran. “The Bhagavad Gita.” Chapter 11, Verse 50.
What terrified Arjuna realized, is that Krishna is really everywhere, in everything and even Arjuna himself makes up part of the great divine Krishna. The human form, Arjuna’s friend Krishna, was consoling but also the same all pervasive divine force. When you can see your best friends, lovers, family members and strangers as divine, you know they all, “Got your 6” in one way or another.
If all the people you encounter are divine and “got your 6”, then you also have the responsibility to look out for everyone else. Do you live in a way that is looking out for others? Covering someone else’s 6 is one way to express your own divine nature!
Hari Om, Namaste