This article is shared by SP Sharma
Let us presume that life has a hidden purpose and it happens knowingly or unknowingly. One desiring to enjoy worldly life may find himself poverty stricken, and another wishing a renounced life is caught in an affluent society. In the first case, the person is becoming worldly and in the other case he is trying to get rid of the entangled condition. These are the two extreme conditions of mind and in both cases sufferings exist. Therefore, most of us are desirous to know what is in store for us.
We always want favourable conditions to prevail in our lives. For this we may consult astrologers who may claim to guide perfectly. They have suggestions to alleviate misfortune. First, one should be able to approach a genuine person with faith and then follow his instructions to ward off impending misfortune in store (supposing fortune is not a problem!).
If one happens to reach a saint, what will he advise to a disgusted person? “Let the worst thing happen to you; just surrender to God and seek protection from him. Then you will realize His greatness as a perfect guide.” Such an easy assurance very few people will follow. The reason is ego, manifesting in the mind as an illusion. Saints never try to change the situation but rather suggest accepting it as an opportunity.
It seems we have forgotten one aspect of life, for whatever reason. And that is: “We should treat others the way we would like to be treated.” Since we desire distinction, to avoid equality we have divided ourselves in various groups on the basis of wealth, strength, status, intellect, etc. One may be following certain rituals, pilgrimage, observing fasts, etc. and claim one’s superiority in front of saints even! Saints will laugh away such an attitude. The reason, God needs no other thing from you but expects that you should treat His creation with feelings of love and brotherhood. Even a mortal father expects the same among his several sons.
Being conscious of any kind of worldly wisdom may bring temporary gains but certainly not eternal gains. Humbleness, compassion, assurance of protection, eradication of evils, an attitude of brotherhood, etc. are unique qualities to make earthly life better.
These are the qualities that make one become the embodiment of renunciation and love (a spiritual man) and a well-wisher of mankind in the real sense.
SP Sharma, India