Though the basis of religion is faith however the acceptance of people is essential. Indian religion and the Indian economy both advocate duty and sacrifice. These two ideals are applied to our country, institute, trust, and family. We achieve harmony and prosperity by executing our duties and by sacrificing what we have whenever it required to others we adhere by good thoughts.
Feelings, customs, and faith are elements of religion that are very close to the heart and hence it is possible to achieve selfless service. Opposite to this, trade and commerce are relying on intellectual capacity which involves selfish motives. If trade and commerce do not go hand in hand with religion, then the intellect dominates and self-centered behavior comes to the fore. Hence Indian philosophy propagates a perfect balance between commerce and religion thereby inspiring a man to follow the path of righteousness.
The ups and downs in life have their own significations. Events in life come in an almost circular fashion, It works like a pendulum between pain and pleasure, joy and sorrow. Despite unpopularity, unhappy moments of our lives play an important role in furthering – almost shaping – the spiritual growth of the jivätmä (individual soul).
The darkest phase of the night occurs just before sunrise, welcoming the light that is to shatter the reign of darkness. Painful moments in our lives, too, serve as precursors to their happier counterparts, and the peak of their intensity is a sure indication that the light of God is going to fill our lives with unending happiness and bliss.
When Swami, as a lad, made the divine declaration proclaiming His divinity, many disbelieved Him and even went to the extent of tormenting His physical form. They subjected His body to untold, unbearable suffering that cannot be described in words.
Through the entire ordeal, Swami smiled to prove to the world — and to set an example — that He is beyond pain and pleasure. Through this suffering, however, Swami’s divinity shone like a million suns and He is now worshipped in every corner of the world.
|Gan Gan Ganat Bote|
The Guru Charitra narrates the wonderful account of a devotee whom the Lord Dattatreya visited in His physical form. The Lord appeared at the doorstep of the devotee in the form of a monk begging for food. The devotee was not at home and his wife attended to the needs of the Guru. On His way out, the Lord uprooted a vegetable plant that was the only source of meals for the family. When the wife discovered this, she was petrified and wailed inconsolably.
The devotee returned to find his wife bemoaning the loss. He was a true devotee, however, and explained to her the importance of equanimity in the wake of pain and pleasure, both products of our own actions. After the explanation, he tried to replant the tree and in the process discovered a pot of gold that was buried there. Had the Lord not inflicted the momentary pain, could the family have discovered the buried treasure?
Lord Krishna gave a unique demonstration of this truth as well. A brahmin devotee once came to seek His blessings. On securing Krishna’s blessings, the brahmin’s cow (his only source of sustenance) died immediately. Arjuna was by Krishna’s side when this happened and he did not lose the opportunity to question the strange occurrence.
The Divine One immediately explained that He wanted to grace the brahmin with divine blessings, a pre-requisite for which would be unconditional reliance on God. Reliance on one’s own possessions would only hinder the divine blessings that were to fill the brahmin’s life. In the worldly sense, this event would be considered a tragedy, but in reality, it served as a blessing in disguise, for the brahmin’s responsibility was being borne by the merciful Lord Himself.
In all the above stories, the pain was the seed that planted the tree of happiness. In addition to serving as fertile soil for long-term happiness, suffering has another benefit.
Ancient wisdom and seers often liken suffering to a furnace that molds gold. In order to mold raw gold into fine jewelry, it is subjected through the intense heat of a furnace. The intensity of the heat plays a critical role in softening and shaping the pure metal.
Once it is mild, it becomes very easy to mold it into fine jewelry. In His eyes, we are pure gold and in order to soften us and carve us into beautiful jewels that can be adorned by Divinity, we are often challenged with the worldly fire of trials and tribulations.
As painful as these challenges appear, however, they play a beneficial role in carving us into wonderful instruments of God. One need not go far to look for proof of this. Reviewing our own lives, we will find that the best of our qualities express themselves after the worst of circumstances.
Night and day, summer and winter, joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, suffering and happiness — all of these represent opposites that constitute the dual nature of this universe.
One follows the other unfailingly, repeatedly reminding us about the fleeting nature of things and carefully reiterating the importance of equanimity (undisturbed state of mind in joy and sorrow) in our lives.