Nothing is permanent; in this world, everything is changing. When you think you are right, often you think others are wrong. Then you feel angry. If you feel the others are right, often you think you are wrong. Then you feel guilty, sad and miserable. In both cases, you lose balance. The mind vacillates between this duality. To get out of this duality is the whole purpose of life. This is Moksha; so swallow these bitter pills in life. They do come, incidents occur.
In Rudram (a Hindu hymn dedicated to Rudra - an epithet of Shiva, taken from the Yajurveda), it is said that in this world, there are all types of people. There are people who betray, who are unfaithful, who don’t keep their word, etc. Sometimes your own mind goes up and down. There could be a million reasons for you to feel low. Anything can pull you down because things are not happening the way you want them to happen. Using knowledge, just sail over it all.
When your heart is filled with love and compassion, you are so powerful. Never underestimate yourself. Miracles are in abundance! I think everyone has had some miracle or the other. We don’t look for it; they just happen. Ask, and it shall be given. Ask and ask with faith. Every moment there is a miracle happening; every moment, there is grace; and there is something new. Even if something appears to be not so good for the moment, in the long run, something good comes out of it.
In the Ramayana, when Sri Rama was building the bridge to Sri Lanka, a lot of monkeys were helping him build it. The monkeys picked up stones, wrote “Sri Rama” on them and placed them in the ocean, and the stones would float. When Sri Rama saw this, he wanted to try it himself. So he took a stone, wrote Sri Rama and put it in the water. The stone sank! Sri Rama was surprised. One monkey was watching, and he started laughing and said to Sri Rama, ‘Those who you throw away from your hands, how will they float? They will only sink!’ Again, this has a spiritual significance. When the name of the Lord is with you, you will float through the ocean of misery; you won’t sink in the world of misery. And second, that devotees are so much more powerful than the Lord himself; devotees can do so much more than the Lord himself.
So you don’t need to get stuck in material belief only. Material laws are there, physical laws are there, but there is something higher than the physical laws. There is something higher than the obviously seen physical creation of names and forms. The understanding of consciousness, mind over matter, and consciousness over physical reality; this is what we need to attend to. So, don’t underestimate your love, your faith and your strength. All that we need to do is to keep our hearts clean.
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