In the previous episode we had witnessed an important extension of Vidura’s explanation on the “Karma Theory” wherein we discussed the fact that we need to take our life as it comes. We should try and develop the maturity to take life on the chin and face the problems and challenges that come through. The ultimate message from this point is that, everybody in this world would have problems and happy moments alternating at different times and phases of life. It is upto us to treat them separately and face life as it is, instead of cribbing and crying. Yesterday’s episode also saw the reason why there is no use of blaming Bhagawan for all our sufferings that we undergo. If we look at the “cause” and “effect” principle, whatever we do today is going to retaliate tomorrow. In that way, whatever good or bad deeds that we commit today is going to come back at us at a later stage. Thus, we discussed two different dimensions for the question ‘ “Is the approach of pinning the blame on Bhagawan for our sufferings right?”.
The first dimension spoke about how we ourselves are responsible for what we experience today in our life – Both happy and sad moments. If that is the case, how will Bhagawan stand to be blamed amidst all the mess that we’ve created for ourselves? The second dimension spoke about some important intricacies about our horoscope and how it is influenced by our past “Karma”. If we’re born with a definitive planetary position, we’ve to literally live with it all through our life. So there is no point in cribbing about it.
In fact, there is also a third dimension to it. We understand that if we are undergoing a stressful situation in life, we go in front of Bhagawan and cry! What if we’re undergoing a happy situation in life? How many of us go near Bhagawan when our going is smooth? Do we really share our happiness with Bhagawan by thanking Him for this good phase of life? Many of us do not do it and this might be a hard pill to chew! In fact, we conveniently forget Bhagawan when we’re happy and would never even go near the vicinity of the temple! So, isn’t this a hypocrisy from our side? One one hand, when we are extremely happy, we are overwhelmed to such an extent of forgetting Bhagawan altogether and on the other hand, when we’re hit by a sorrow, we immediately run to Bhagawan to blame him for what we’re undergoing! Why should we play this hypocritic game?
To be brutally honest, if we’re starting to blame Bhagawan for our problems and miseries in life, we’re only losing our mental stability and faith towards our Hindu Sanaathana Dharma. It only means that we do not have that strength and courage to stand up and face the problem. If we’re losing our mental strength, our faith towards “Dharma” and Bhagawan slowly starts to diminish. This is where, some anti-Hindu elements capture and create problems. In fact, most of the religious conversions happen only with weak-minded people. Some people from some other religions keep a close watch on those who undergo stressful situations in their lives and whether they lose hope and heart on the way. The moment they find us vulnerable, they catch us red-handed and try to pounce on our “weak faith”. This is where we should be strong enough to stand up for our Hindu Sanaathana Dharma. The question to be asked here is that, if someone comes and tries to influence us in a wrong way, do we have the courage to step up and retaliate with our strong fundamentals? Do we have the boldness to reply them saying that, everyone in this world is bound to have sufferings and happy moments alternatively and there is nothing much that religion can do in this? This is important for all of us to be clear with. Thus the point here is that, as a third dimension to answer the fundamental question, just like we go to Bhagawan and pour out our sad feelings and emotions, we should also have atleast the basic courtesy to share our happiness too with Bhagawan. If we’re able to do so, we’re doing justice to ourselves and also to Bhagawan, who has given us the opportunity to be happy and contented.
So for today, let us ponder over this important third dimension and let us act accordingly by putting it into practice in our everyday life. Let us try and move beyond blaming others (including Bhagawan) for our problems and miseries. I understand of course it’s easier said than done. But it requires lot of guts and will power to develop such a strong attitude towards life. Let’s strive towards achieving it! We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next important point! Stay tuned! 😊