My experience of 4 July 1977 (please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!) made me believe in God instantly. Till that time I only felt that people use the name of God to protect their self-interests and they don’t have a firm belief in Him because they keep pursuing their self-interests as if there is no God. If some fortunate one happens to realize God as omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient he becomes totally meek and can’t carry out his selfishness in worldly affairs any more.
In most Indian films we find that a hero or heroine attracts the prospective partner by saving her or him from a crisis. Consider a situation in which the hero hires some goons to molest the heroine whom he loves and saves her just in time thereby proving his might and concern for humanity. He shows that it was his duty and doesn’t wait even for a word of thanks from her. Naturally, the heroine believes him to be a genuine caretaker and decides to make him her life partner, which is hesitatingly accepted by the hero. She may realize the plot afterwards but it doesn’t matter anymore because in love and war everything is justified.
In our own life too we may come across situations in which we are trapped until something miraculous happens in our favour. If there is nobody to give credit then naturally the credit is assigned to God. It leads to devotion and later it is found that He is really the soul mate to whom one paid no attention so far. So, a devotee develops awareness about Him through an unusual happening.
Usually people turn to God when they are in utter distress or when suffering unbearable pain at heart and without any support in sight. Faith definitely helps here in any of three ways – either the person gets helps from an unexpected source, or the situation improves to his liking, or he may bear it through developing inner courage. A true devotee would certainly wish for the development of inner courage, i.e., becoming self-sufficient.
We have the power of arguments to hold up our views but it is not always possible. A scientist cannot argue his point just based on his findings only. He has to support his views based on the accepted facts and opinions set up by other people in the field. Propounding a new theory needs careful examination till it is well tested before it is accepted.
It is for this purpose that people who experience divine grace happen to reveal it only to eligible persons. Their experiences happen in confirmation to the scriptures and further can be checked from their behaviour. They always express their gratefulness to the Almighty for the unusual experience and for the development of compassion in their hearts. Moreover, after the experiences the invisible hands groom the saint to change his life-style. Surprisingly, most of these persons are selected out of the common people.
So, the greatest lover of mankind is God and He takes care of it through saints. It is through His power that saints are capable of converting a dacoit into a devotee. Even a seemingly arrogant devotee is beneficial to society in a real sense. Such people stand up against social atrocities when the time comes.
It all depends on the individual whether he feels to be saved by destiny or by God. One could be inspired but not forced to develop faith against one’s inner feelings.
SP Sharma, India