This article is shared by SP Sharma
The other day my colleague while talking about his personal things started to accuse several selection boards, peoples and organizations for not selecting him for certain posts for which he felt himself the best candidate. He was very angry about their selection procedures, rules and regulations, even for short-listing the candidates to be called for the interview because, sometimes, he didn’t even get a call-letter for the interview. I had no words to console him.
In 1977 I myself also argued and blamed God with such anger (Please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!) that it caused me a stroke.
Even now from the year 2002 I am seeking divine service leaving my present permanent occupation (using the option of voluntary retirement). My wife has all the time been resisting this for economic reasons, and I also for my own reason (compassion!), sometime. Gradually, the understanding is dawning on me that during these 4 years I have been doing the same but in a different way.
In my article “God knows what I really want” I have shown that I couldn’t decide about my future course of life because of hidden tendencies, which prosper on proper time and in certain circumstances. But whatever happened I accepted as the best option whole-heartedly.
There are people who get best returns on their academic qualifications while others keep grumbling forever. Those who grumble are usually avoided by their fellow beings. Their grumbling nature creates many awkward situations, harms their body system, affects their behaviour pattern, and so on.
In this competitive world there are many factors which are beyond our control to get desired results. However, the reaction in a given situation varies from person to person.
We could divide people in three categories – first are those people who blame others for their failures and harm their own system. The people in the second category start blaming their bad luck, environment, and finally God. Then, in the final category are included those people whose desires are limited, try their best and accept the outcome whatever it is. At the most they can pray to God if they are feeling disgusted. Best among those are the ones who accept the given situation whole-heartedly and thank God. Ultimately those are the people most satisfied. Nothing could be a better example than Jesus Christ when he accepted the will of His Father at the cross.
Now, the question in common minds arises as how to know God’s will to keep the mind cool. If one is a righteous person according to the scriptures then he is already at the right place and in the right position (Please don’t measure with the tape of worldly measures). Here he is not pursuing his fancies but keeping the welfare of mankind at his heart. Sometimes, the suffering of such a righteous person is very bitter, but the understanding or wisdom gained by him is superb. He himself feels that there could have been no better alternative than what has happened, rather he feels that he is a mere spectator of a cosmic game.
It seems clear now that we may even plan our salvation but the actual path may not be according to our planning. It may be totally different and even against our perceptions.
Hence, wishing is in our hands but execution depends upon various factors. It is usually said that if your wish is not out of personal selfishness it will be fulfilled, if not by you then by others in the due course of time. In spirituality one should not care for propriety.
[Moreover, Karma Theory (as you sow you reap) based on the deeds of past lives could explain the intricacy of some unusual happenings in life, but that is not acceptable to many people. According to this theory one is free to do actions but bound to face its reactions. Nature is supposed to organize reactions to our actions and God remains blameless. In essence there is no absolute difference between nature and God. It is only for the sake of explaining worldly affairs.]
SP Sharma, India