Spirituality

ACCEPTANCE OF THE DIVINE WILL

Swami Chidananda Saraswati

Saturday,01 September 2018 | in Devbhoomi Spiritual–– Just accept and you will be guided to the destination! One of the greatest sources of depression and discontent is our inability to accept that which befalls us. We try to impose our will onto every situation. We try to sculpt the world into our own preconceived image of what is right, as though we were appointed the great Divine Sculptor, given the task of ensuring that everything conforms to the correct mold. However, we have not been appointed as such, nor has anyone been given the divine vision to know the divine plan. Thus, for us to take on the task of trying to make the world conform to our will is not only futile but it also ensures that our lives will be frustrating and unfruitful and marked by perspiration rather than inspiration. The only way to live peacefully with joy and bliss and to fulfill your individual Dharma here is to allow God’s will rather than your own will to guide you. These days all the new cars have GPS Navigation systems where the computer in the car gives directions on how to reach your destination. As you sit in the car you simply enter the address where you are going and throughout the journey, a pleasant woman’s voice guides you, “Take a left turn in 200 meters and such directions.” In our lives too, it is the same. There is a divine source, a power, a supercomputer ready to guide us at every step of the way. We must simply push the ‘Accept’ button.  GPS stands for Global Positioning System but I think it also stands for ‘God’s perfect system.’ He knows the way to the destination of our life, to the fulfillment of our unique special and divine mission. He has designed the map, he has laid the roads, he has created the mountains, rivers, highways and train crossings. He knows every turn, every corner, every one-way street. He never loses His way. If we don’t push the ‘Accept’ button on the GPS system in the car our journey will be filled with tension and worry. At each intersection, we will have to gauge whether it is best to continue ahead or to turn left or right. We will have to stop and ask directions from people passing by who may or may not be any more acquainted with the roads than we are. We may eventually reach the destination if we are focused, efficient and lucky, but we may be late and the journey will be tense. Alternatively, if we simply press ‘Accept’we will be guided gently and correctly at every step. We will know where to turn, where to continue straight and where to stop. Our minds will be free to contemplate God to think pleasant and peaceful thoughts, to converse with others in the car. The journey will be peaceful, smooth and enjoyable. Similarly in our lives, if we accept God’s will, if we allow him to guide us along the path, our lives will be filled with inspiration rather than perspiration and we will certainly reach the destination in the shortest amount of time. However frequently we doubt God’s path. “Is this really the way?” we wonder. We become skeptical of the Divine plan and lose heart and faith. An anecdote can very well explain this. Once three men sitting under a tree started discussing God and His ways. One of them said, “I don’t believe that God is perfect. In fact, there are so many things which even an ordinary reasonable man would be able to plan better than God. For example, look at those pumpkins,” while drawing others’ attention towards the vine from which the pumpkins were hanging. “God has put these huge, heavy pumpkins on the end of tiny, thin vines which always collapse under the weight of their enormous fruit.” One of the other friends nodded to his remark and said, “Look at the mango trees, they are huge, sturdy trees and their fruit is a tiny four-ounce mango. What kind of planning is this? Put the heavy fruit on the thin, weak vine and put the light fruit on the tall strong tree. I agree that God is far from perfect.”   However, the third friend was unconvinced. “You are right and might have made more sense to put the heavy fruit on the strong tree and the light fruit on the thin line, but still I believe that there must be a bigger, better, Divine plan. I still believe that God knows exactly what He is doing and that His planning is perfect even if we don’t understand it.”   Soon with the afternoon clouds, a strong wind rose up and whipped through the trees. Branches swayed in the heavy wind causing ripe mangoes to fall on the ground.   Now, the skeptical friends realized the truth behind their fellow’s faith in God’s workings. One of them exclaimed, “Our friend, the believer, was right. It is certainly a good thing that only mangoes hang from these branches. The weight of a falling mango was enough to startle me from sleep and bruise my cheek. Had it been heavy pumpkins falling onto us, we would have become pumpkin pie. It is very good that heavy pumpkins grow so close to the ground.” Read more Spiritual news… (The writer is the president of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.)

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