Where are we headed?
We are passing through an unprecedented crisis.
Large sections of population , around the world ,are suffering.
People are dying in numbers that were unimaginable some months back. The near and dear ones have no possibility to provide any help, despite their strong desire to do so.
They are not even able to pay their last respects to the deceased body!
There is agony , frustration , helplessness and depression on a scale never seen before.
And all authorities seem to have failed…be it the central government, the state governments, political parties , religious organisations, social organisations..you name it ..and they have proved to be unequal to the task on hand! They all are falling far short of the abilities needed at this time.
Where do we go?
When all the support systems fall apart, when we have exhausted all ‘visible’ options, we turn to God..the Almighty..
Often , people feel that it is God ,the Almighty whose wrath is the cause of this level of tragedy.
Let us understand: God is an “Ocean of Love”..recall that lovely song.. “तू प्यार का सागर है”
Can He ever create this kind of misfortune for His children?….Unthinkable!!
The issue is that we all have moved far far away from leading a value based life. We have time and again compromised on values for short term gains. Often, a person does not bid an eyelid in harming others for personal gains and gratification. The “Ravanik” approach to lust, greed, anger, attachment and ego have led us to amassing a huge burden of “karmic accounts” on our souls. We all are now at the receiving end…
It is still not late…what we are seeing today is the “final” wake up call.
Two sets of actions are needed, to secure an acceptable future, once the current wave of tragedy dies down and when the life again looks like becoming normal (how it appeared after November/December last year):
- Let us make determined efforts to bring values in our actions. The least that we can do is ,never to cause harm to anyone (including Mother Nature) in the pursuit of our selfish/personal benefits .. On the surface, our behaviour may look fine ..we feel we are doing our best.. This requires quite deeper thinking about in what all ways we may be harming others, often unknowingly.
- Let us understand God’s role in our lives. He has made it clear in Gita, by telling Arjun: “I will not fight for you. I will, however, guide you to take the right actions.”. In other words, God does not interfere in our actions. He only provides guidance. It is for us to follow His advice. As mentioned earlier ,God is the Ocean of Love. While He has certainly not caused these tragic events, He is always ready to help us to face the challenges. The Supreme has mentioned twice in Gita: मनमनाभव (“Direct your Mind to Me”…) We need to mentally connect to Him. Once we do that , His energy starts flowing in to our souls and provides loveful support in reducing the negative effect of our past karmas.
“Kumbhkarna” ( कुम्भकर्ण ) needed loudest possible noise around for him to wake up. The events that we see are the high decibel sounds of sorrow to wake up the कुम्भकर्ण within each of us.
It is said : “ It is only when we wake up that we realise that we were sleeping”
Let us realise the damage that we have done to ourselves in the ‘sleep of ignorance’.
Let us wake up to the realities of life.
I can never be happy for long, by making someone else unhappy.
Let us ensure long term happiness.. by righteous actions..as advised by every religion!!!