It was when I got my first spiritual experience on 4 July 1977 (Please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!) that I happened to say to God, “I am ready to serve You in my capacity, provided my family life and occupation are not disturbed”. Moreover, I also concluded after a few days’ intense thinking that science and spirituality needed to be reconciled for the welfare of mankind.
In fact, till that time I was a devotee of science and always felt that I was well read and a modern person. Side by side I was following certain ideals in my life but never believed in religious ceremonies, which are performed by the priests of various religions on behalf of the people for a personal favour or welfare of the family or as a social binding.
As far as I can say anything about science it’s that science is for materialistic comforts and connected with the study of matter and energy for the same purpose. But man doesn’t live by bread alone and materialistic comforts or possessions are not capable of warding off mental disgust sometimes. Therefore, spirituality has to be adopted to bring about a balance between body and soul for the peace and pleasure of the mind.
When I got the reply from the invisible source that “His Karmas (actions) are responsible if not of this life then of a previous life” (Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!), I immediately concluded that it was God’s voice and I happened to ask for two boons as above.
According to my calculations I felt that I should be free from my duties towards my 3 children by the age of 52-53. In Indian society one is free from such duty when the children are educated and married off. There are many pros and cons in settling arranged marriages but in my case these happened on the basis of first come first serve without hustle and bustle. Out of two sons and one daughter, one son and the daughter were married off in 1995 and the second son got married in 1998 when I was 53 years old.
My occupation too remained undisturbed and rather smoothened by invisible hands and I carried out my job responsibilities to the best of my abilities.
I have read in some scriptures that God grants boons to devotees when He appears before a devotee at the end of his penances. It was due to personal circumstances that I could ask for little selfish kind of boons.
However, saints have advised in the scriptures that the best boon desired by a devotee should be eternal devotion to God which I have got even without asking by His grace.
SP Sharma, India