In the previous episode, we had witnessed the next aspect of “Dharma” called “Santosha”, as narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya to King Parikshit. So far we’ve witnessed around ten important aspects of “Dharma” and yesterday we had mentioned that at whatever situation in life we might be in, we should make sure that we’re happy and contented. Both happiness and contentment go hand in hand with each other. If we are contented in life with whatever we have, we’re automatically going to be happy. The moment we become happy and peaceful, we would always have a smile in our face. Once we have a smile everytime in our face, Bhagawan is going to like us more and more. Thus, this aspect of “Dharma” called “Santosha” gains lot of prominence if we’ve to become “Dhaarmikas” or “Practitioners of Dharma”.
Moving on further, we go into the next point which Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to talk about here – “Samadhruk”. This means, we should be able to see everyone equally without any difference. For instance, there might be people among us who are different in different ways. Right from gender differences to financial differences to religious, caste-wise, creed-wise, dressing-wise, etc. If we’re going to get carried away with all these differences amongst all of us, where are we going to concentrate on attaining Moksha? Thus, the point here is that, we should be able to see everybody equally without any blemish. How would we be able to achieve this? It is possible only if we’re able to see the “Atman” in everybody.
This is where, we’ve discussed during many episodes in the past that we should clearly be able to distinguish which is temporary in nature and which is permanent in nature. Our physical body (Deham) is temporary in nature, because it keeps changing its shape, size, beauty, etc. as we get older and older by the day. Can we be of the same beauty when we are 30 years old and when we become 75? It’s not possible isn’t it? Moreover, our physical body is something that can be destroyed. Irrespective of whatever we do or however we live, all of us are going to die one day. Subsequently if and when we take our next birth, we’re going assume the form of a different physical body. Thus, these aspects clearly indicate that our physical body is temporary in nature. However, our “Atman” is something that is going to be permanent and non-destroyable. Irrespective of how many ever births we might take, or we’ve taken so far, our Atman never changes. This is where we’ve to develop the maturity within ourselves that we should look only at those that is permanent in nature, and not at those which are temporary in nature.
Thus, if we’re able to see the “Atman” and its purity within everybody, we would not be able to differentiate between people. All of us are Bhagawan’s children at the end of the day, isn’t it? If that’s the case, why should we keep seeing differences in everybody and with those, discriminate among ourselves unnecessarily and create issues unwantedly? The moment we start discriminating, we would slowly start losing that divine love and compassion towards all living beings. Only if we start seeing the “Atman” in every living being in this world, we would be able to develop the compassion. For instance, if we even see a beggar on the road, suffering for some reason, we should be ready to run and help out that person in whatever way we can. Just because we might be well-off today in a plush car and a villa, it doesn’t mean that we disrespect someone just because they’re not upto what we are. As Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (AMMA) repeatedly keeps telling us thus – “Someone else’s problems today, might become our problem tomorrow! For instance, suppose there is a fire in the ground floor of our building which is ten storied and we are living in the sixth floor – People in the ground floor are calling fervently for help, and those people are supposedly of a low-income group. Can we discard them by saying ‘Oh! I’m much superior to you in lot of ways. I do not need to come down to your level and help you out! It’s your problem that your floor is on fire!’ Can we say that? Now what is the guarantee that the fire which is on the ground floor might not quickly spread to the sixth floor within minutes? How will the fire know whether we are superior or inferior as compared to others? Isn’t it foolishness on our part to differentiate people this way?” This is where, we need to realize that we should see everyone equally and if someone is in some form of pain or suffering, we should immediately extend a helping hand to them. This is because, someone else’s problem today might well become our problem tomorrow, and we never know!
Another instance to highlight this point – How many of us even thought in our wildest dreams, two months ago that the whole world is going to be gripped by a pandemic called “Coronavirus”? Does the virus differentiate between male or female, rich or poor, east or west, etc.? The answer is “No”! Hence, the point here is that, we should see everyone and every living being equally and should be ready to be of service to the world. So for today, let us realize this important “Dharma” of “equality” and let us meticulously try and put this into practice. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next important “Dharma”, which Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to explain! Stay tuned! 😊