“I want to live a divine life. I am all fed up with the worldly troubles. I am too honest to live in this unfair world. So I need to attain eternal peace by reaching God’s feet. Suicide is Sin. How to reach God’s abode, that’s heaven?” – a WhatsApp message from a reader named Joshua Mathews.
“What makes you so sure that you will reach God’s abode after death?” I asked him.
“That’s what every religion say,” Mathews replied.
“I don’t know about heaven, hell and God’s abode. Such beliefs don’t have any merit in terms of logic, rational and science. Not that everything must have that. But these things certainly not. However, our ancestors have prescribed very simple things to have a peaceful, happy and contented life…” I said.
“What are those things?”
“Simple 6 points. First – accept that you may become unhealthy at any point of time – you can get a disease…”
“Wow! Unbelievable – no wonder you have sixth sense. How did you know I have developed a heart condition?”
“I didn’t know. You are jumping gun. I told you a general principle. When you know you can turn sick anytime, you will be moderate in enjoyment and take good care of the body. Your ego regarding the body will come down…”
“Hmmm. Next one?”
“I am getting old. The old age is a reality and you can turn weak when you are old. You may have to depend upon others.”
“I know that…”
“Knowledge always remains as information in the brain. It doesn’t transform. Accept and acknowledge this truth. Then your ego regarding the “power of youth” would come down. You will use the youth period for good karma”
“Okay – next?”
“Death is an inevitable thing. Everyday you are moving towards death. There is no such thing like immortality. Everybody dies. Avatars, Son of God, God’s messenger….everyone dies. We have to treat death as a friend so ego’s focus on enjoying life will reduce.”
“What’s the fourth point?”
“Whomever I loved or loved me will leave me one day. For them too, death is inevitable. No relations will stay permanently. The more you cling to relations with a belief that they won’t leave me, the more you will feel miserable. If you understand this truth you won’t feel very sad at loss.”
“I know this point too. But it doesn’t transform to emotional wisdom. And fifth point?”
“We are all connected. We don’t know how. But science understands the entire universe as a single entity. So does our ancestors and called it Brahmam. There is nothing other than cosmos. So all of us are connected. This understanding will broaden our outlook and make us nearer to the divinity. And the last point…”
“Yes, the sixth one…”
“The most important one – we are experiencing the results of our own karma. No one has absolutely no role in it. Nothing can change the results of our karma – not even Gods. For, even Gods will have to experience the result of their Karma.”
“This is a point difficult to understand.”
“You don’t have to understand that. But the moment you acknowledge that I am facing the result of my karma, then the first change in you will be stopping blaming others. The moment you stop blaming others, your hatred level will come down. Your anger to the unfair world will come down.”
“How did you achieve this?”
“Many-a-times I found that world is so unfair to me. I blamed every failure on others. But then I realised that there are lot of people who deserve better deal than me, but ended up in a worst situation than me. So I might have wronged in my Karma somewhere, sometime. Each set back (which I consider as setback) is my own creation. The moment I accepted it, I found myself at ease and peace.”
“Ok, so you mean to say, even if I don’t understand the meaning of Karma and Dharma, I have to accept the results as my own creations…”
“Yes, today you accept all your success as your own, but you don’t accept your failures. Obviously, you are biased.”
“But I attribute all my success to God and I remain humble…”
“It’s so nice of you. In that case, why can’t you attribute your failures also to God. If you believe that everything happens with God’s knowledge the setback situation also happened with his knowledge. So, blaming others for your miseries is equivalent to blaming God…” I said.
“Oh, I didn’t think that way. So, we will automatically reach God if we focus on these points?”
“Reaching God is not essentially the most coveted destination. Rather, how you live through the life gifted to you is more important than running to God to escape mostly self-invited problems and miseries. In essence, accepting the limitations of our body, acknowledging knowledge is finite, knowing death is inevitable to us and others, appreciating the connection that binds all in the universe and attributing results in life as creations of our own actions are the tools to create the abode of GOD at your doorstep…” I concluded.