8th OCTOBER Human Effort should be Backed by Faith in God


Human Effort should be Backed by Faith in God
Shree Samartha declares that not a single one can be found on the face of
the earth that has all happiness. And we, on the other hand envy a prince in
a royal family as a lucky one because he lacks nothing. True, he may not be
hard up for food and drink, but how can we surmise that he has no other
worry at all? When struck by misfortune we may blame some unknown
action by us in a past birth; simultaneously, we do something with
expectation of good to materialize in the next birth! We seek no escape from
this vicious circle of life and death. Even the so-called great men and women
get stuck in action by entertaining hopes of one kind or another. We have at
long last come by the human form with the potential capacity of attaining
God, but what good is it if we work with expectation and get re-entangled in
this endless cycle? We marvel at the number of wheels we see rotating in a
factory, but overlook the prime mover which may be unseen there.
Similarly, we may marvel at the multifarious activities and faculties of a
person, but entirely overlook the soul or life that animates his body and
without which the body is but a carcass. It is the soul whose presence is
necessary for the activity of the body or the faculty.
A man on bad terms with his brother noted in his will that his dead body
should not so much as be touched by the brother. Is this not a supreme
instance of hatred and the ‘body-am-I’ idea? Man often occupies himself with
thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow instead of doing what is proper to do
today. Many persons are eager to know what is in store in the future,
instead of doing something today to ensure a happy tomorrow. This is under
the influence of maya. Such people worry about tomorrow while, at the
same time, doing something improper today. Remember that, after all,
situations keep changing, so evil days are bound to be replaced by better
times. So never give up working for the better, leaving the result to the
judgment of God. The next step is to work without any expectation
whatsoever. Chant nama incessantly, leave everything to Rama, never spare
effort, fear not death, and never worry about life in general.
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