A video for teachers day -Thank you teachers for the education you have given us
Sunday, June 13, 2021
There is a beautiful hymn sung in the church, (based on verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), about how there is a time for everything. I love that hymn and I am convinced that in addition to the time, the order in which God gives us his gifts, is quite removed from what we think as logically appropriate. We get things actually in the order of our emotional readiness and maturity, which may require some lessons that delay or reverse the order in which things should appear in life. As an example of receiving things in reverse order; it is common to see that people search for a person who can love them; they marry, have children, and yet being truly loved alludes them. When they give up on the concept of love, it happens...,with the discovery that to have love in life is actually about 'truly loving' and not all about 'being loved'. It is a reverse order of learning; where the proper order , as we believe, is to learn to love before getting married.
To give a personal example of delay; when I was in my teens, I had a diary with some of my poetry, which I lost in a movement to another place. That loss prevented me from indulging in any serious poetry for more than a decade as I was only thinking of my lost poems; until recently when I got a much needed push to write again. Now I have an internet diary in which I can write without fearing it getting lost due to my movements, and now I even an avenue where I can share it unlike with the diary which I would have never shared. Moreover, I feel I have more emotional maturity and experience now to have a substantial topic for a poem. Everything has a proper time. You just have to send our wish to the universe, and it will take its time to set the stage perfectly, and then when it is absolutely ready, it will open its curtains on you. The longer it takes, remind yourself that the bigger and better the stage the universe is preparing than what you had in your mind, the greater can be the delay.
This poem celebrates 'the proper time'...Apart from that, it mentions the secret- regarding what should be followed as we chart our path in life : the secret is that it is the heart that should be followed and not the written rules of the world whenever there is a conflict in the direction pointed by each...
The child sat up in bed that night,
and said the prayer so clear outright
"Dear lord, I love you. I think I know
that you are near, watching me grow.
But I wish I knew what you want of me,
'cause I waste each day 'with no decree."
Each day, she had the same one prayer,
but that one night, it got hard to bear.
As tears fell down and wet her bed,
her angel sat beside and said,
"dear child I'm yours and very near..."
In her ears, she heard that whisper clear!
"...watching you, not waste a single day
as you end each one, with a time to pray.
Just a child, it is, your time to be;
to sing and play and dance with glee.
Sharp your sense and make your heart ready
for life is a path of discovery"
"As for that quest, the worry anew,
'What do I have in life to do?'
The answer dear, is hard to adhere.
It's to live a life without a fear.
With a humble heart you should receive
all that your god has planned to give.
Not just the joy, but the miseries too,
and end each prayer with a true 'thank you'.
God sure will give all that you want,
but only when you've stopped to count.
God has an order, in which he gives,
and that will clash, with your planned motives.
You'll find seven heavens when you work your earth,
you'll find your love when you've lost its worth.
It's not when you ask, that you do get,
when the soil is ready, the seed can set.
So take God's gifts, when he chooses to yield,
and now a secret I will unveil...
What and when He gives, will cause turmoil;
your long held values, it will spoil.
Soon you will fear what gifts could cost,
as you unlearn..., all your values lost.
Now the secret is - 'It's not in 'deed',
it's in the heart, which you should heed'
"Oh dear," cried the girl, and woke with a scream.
"Thank heavens, it's nothing, nothing but a dream!
I wouldn't, I wouldn't lose all that I learn!"
But the secret revealed, in her heart did burn...
"Follow not, oh never, all deed out of fear.
Follow me, your heart, to God I am near."
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Let me start with something from this video that I have shared and weave further.....
People tend to see everything as black and white. But... shouldn't what we believe in be based on what we see, and do we really see absolute good or absolute evil all the time?
The lion kills a deer. Is that good or evil...?
Should God listen to the deer's prayer or the Lion's..?
Don't these questions lead you to the same answer as it leads me to....?
The power we call God may in fact be good merely because this power does everything to keep the balance and for sustenance in general; even when it calls for some destruction.
It is only predictable that many of this power's creations would call him/ her a mean God.
When we call the power - 'mean' , we fail to recognise the anthropic principle at play. 'The universe has to be more or less as we see it, because if it were any different, there wouldn't be anyone to observe and question it.'
The balance today is the result of some destructions in the past. If the sudden loss of all his wealth led Zeno to develop his philosophy of stoicism that has helped many people to live through the unpredictability of life with courage, similar tragedies have also led others to develop the system of banking, so you don't have to carry your wealth around and take the risks of losing it.
A third category of people may have understood the power of thoughts, the attitude of gratitude in influencing how things can turn out.
In essence, every slip pushes the living, as it pushes the mother of life- nature- to find or develop that one element which would bring back the equilibrium.
That leads us to the second principle- the principle of evolution.
There is a force in nature and also in its life forms that pushes towards sustenance. When that force fails in people, they take the path to self destruction.
You are within this game of life and you cannot but play by its rules. To take an analogous example, when playing a video game, you cannot expect the game to change its rules for you, rather you have to understand the rules, adapt and evolve strategies to stay on top. This improves your different skill-sets in you. If you stay unbending and expect the game to be kind to you, in no time you would be out of it.
Remember, that it is the awareness of pain that lets you enjoy the taste of your food without chewing your tongue off. Absence of pain is not possible without the presence of pain. The evil exists for the sake of the good. Good couldn't last without it.
On a broader scale of centuries, we can remember that equilibrium is not static, it is dynamic and sometimes it is the swings to extremes that can bring about the balance. Whatever evils might have happened over the past centuries has shaped our today, hopefully better in many ways than the past.
The power that flows in the universe and through us is like the Russian dolls - a doll within a doll within a doll...and so on. Each cell is not aware of its purpose but is serving a larger organism. Each organism is unaware that it is serving an ecosystem.
The trick is to be simultaneously within the game and out of it. And then pain will lose its power over you. This long time that we spend on earth is merely a short span in the spirits evolution. You arrive when you understand that eternity is not to be sought. It is in the here and now.