The world is full of opposites. Virtues as well as vices prevail in life. Wisdom lies in not indulging in either. Until we realise our limitations of body and mind and happen to hold the hand of God or a saint to lead us, it is not possible to attain perfect peace of mind.
In life we play a game of Kabaddi. In Kabaddi both sides have an equal number of players. Like in badminton the field is divided into two zones with a center line. A player goes to the side of the opponents and tries to touch any of them. Anybody who is touched is considered dead and only revives if anyone of his side happens to touch an opponent. Also, when a player who goes to touch opponents is caught and doesn’t reach the center line in one breath, he is considered dead. The game ends when one side is having all its players and all opponents are considered dead.
In life we first start gaining strength in childhood, and then wisdom, education, patience and kindness follow. These are the five virtues. Opposite to these are five vices, namely, lust (passion and desires), anger, pride, miserliness and attachment (here the pairs of opposites are: strength x lust, wisdom x anger, education x pride, patience x miserliness, and kindness x attachment). These vices destroy our virtues and sometimes make us lose our life too. If a wise person is arrogant, he will not get peace of mind. He will always look for other’s faults. Usually people avoid such a person who always finds fault with them. Similarly, patience is a good quality but if the person is miserly he won’t be respected and have peace.
The person who has perfected the first four virtues and is at the last stage, i.e. universal kindness, is protected by God against attachments. People at the first four stages don’t get support from God unless they are true in spirit. But our ego is so strong that it doesn’t allow us easily to beg protection from God. Our mind keeps us under the false impression of being intellectual. With purification of our heart and adopting the above five virtues we may reach to self-realisation where our mind is tamed or annihilated. This state doesn’t remain for long and the mind revives again and needs something to attach itself to. Here it has to turn to God in a form, or a saint, and gradually adopt sainthood.
God is not only pleased with devotees but also has compassion for the ones who always abuse. An abuser in the real sense is a firm believer in the existence of God, otherwise he would have no-one to abuse.
What we really need, finally, is to let God make our body a medium for His mission. We are merely spectator or witness to His divine play. A true devotee is not desirous of wealth, name and fame for himself. He becomes the embodiment of compassion and service in a real sense.
Self-realisation is the result of pure intellectual powers and it is a gateway to the path which many saints have taken who eventually reached the realm of God. Such saints are lampposts to show us the way in our quest for God.
SP Sharma, India