Swami ji said…
When God made us , it is possible that He, too, might have pinned some hopes on us. After all ‘man’ was an exceptional creation of His ; one which was crafted by Him with utmost thought and deliberation – and as He infused life into us ; endowed us with intellect and intelligence; senses and emotions – He must have stepped back – marveling at His exquisite artistic skill – confident that..
‘ उनका हर अंश, हर प्रतिबिंब – हर परिस्तिथि में – खुश रहेगा , प्रसन्न रहेगा, साहसी रहेगा और भयहीन रहेगा…” as ‘He’ knew very well that ‘He’ would always be with us – as we are a part of ‘Him’ – a fact which He would want us to realise ourselves.
But, the ignorant lot that most of us are – we fail to understand the soft and subtle ways – in which He repeatedly tries to convey to us that He is with us through thick and thin. The more distant we grow from realising the deep significance of His words – the more unhappy, fearful and uncertain – we remain. More often than not – we choose to ‘become’ so. Unhappiness – knows that it is very easy for her – to rule over us – as we allow her free access into our heart and mind. Her entry into our inner being is unchecked, unrestricted. Any little thing…”जो चीज़ हमें पसंद नहीं है या पसंद नहीं आती है ; जो हमारी इच्छा के विरुद्ध है या हो रहा है ; कोई दुख का अगर हमें सामना करना पड़े…” – is enough to displease and distress us.The mere shadow of any situation , circumstance or condition – that is not comfortable, convenient or conducive for us – is enough to make happiness flee ; to give her an excuse to make a hasty exit from our being – and unhappiness settles down immediately – smugly, with ease – in the area vacated by happiness.
In a similar manner , all it takes is a dark fearful thought to envelope our mind in its shroud – and fearlessness – becomes a distant cousin. Why is it that our mind and heart are attracted like magnets to negativity, despair and unhappiness – but – repel positivity, optimism and happiness – most of the time ? It is so , because we – who should be masters of our emotions – instead – become subservient to them.
Do we ever question God when He does some good for us ? Have we ever asked Him – “God , why did you fulfill my ambition ; help me acquire my dream home ; enable me to holiday in the land of my dreams?’ We just take it for granted that He will always do good for us – and the possibility that we might not even be grateful to Him for doing so, cannot be over – ruled. If, in our happiness, we forget to do this – then with what face do we accuse Him – when we are besieged with problems ; ill – health ; financial duress ? We move around with worried faces ; a look of hopelessness about us ; filled with fear of the unknown…” भयभीत होने मैं हमें एक क्षण भी नहीं लगता है…साहस नहीं होता है मुश्किल का सामना करने के लिए … घबरा जाते हैं … टूट जाते हैं बहुत जल्दी…”Will we remain happy only when things go our way ; the way we want them to – and grapple with fear when the unexpected encounters us?
We need to remind ourselves repeatedly – that fear is a natural reaction to any untoward , unwanted development or incident. But , with God and ‘sadguru’ by his side and with faith in them – a spiritual seeker must learn to overcome it – and instead replace it – with courage – ‘साहस से ‘- to make decisions that will help him remain steadfast – like a steady wick of a candle – unaffected by strong gusty winds – placing trust , hope and faith in ‘ the neeli chatriwala ‘ in all situations – the good and the not so good.