Let’s say we take up a task, the outcome either matches our expectation or it doesn’t. When the outcome matches our expectation, we are happily proud of achieving it. When it doesn’t, we try to analyse various reasons for its failure. Even if we realise or not, it is internally God’s power that enabled or disabled us in the effort! The important thing to remember is: His decision to disable us is also His will for a benefit that can’t foresee at the moment. Well, if whatever is happening in our life is a result of God’s choice or decision – then what is our role in life?
Our role in life remains the same in physical action but it changes in the way we carry out our routine. We begin to act as God’s tools. A tool or an instrument is generally life-less. But we have feelings, and now our feelings completely synchronise with the intentions of God. Whatever makes God happy, that gives us happiness. Whatever makes God angry, same thing makes us angry! We submit ourselves and abide by whatever happens as the will of God.
Vibheeshana also submitted himself to Rama and he succeeded right away. Rama promised Vibheeshana to crown him as the King of Lanka and adored him as His own brother. In this instance also, the submission, the doer and recipient are all perfect. But, Rama decided right away that He accept Vibheeshana to be a friend and not foe, and it was done! Vibheeshana did not have to wait like Bharatha did.
The reason we act is because God has given us the ability to work. You may ask, how does the ability matter when it can’t yield the results? The ability matters very much because God chooses to protect you through the abilities given to you, that is why you are given a body that is designed to work towards a deed. If God’s choice was to keep you idle, He would have given you a body of a stone. But, you are in a body that can work. And so, we pray, we work hard and we run around 😊.
Nammalwar sweetly talks to his manas and says, ‘Oh my dear Manas, let us bow down and submit to that God, who has Lakshmi Devi in his heart forever! That God, Narayana who is always accompanied by such a tender, beautiful, compassionate and glorious mother is the Ultimate thathvam to whom we submit ourselves.’
– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji
– Bhagavad Vishayam, 2nd November, Divya Saketham
But, Is the way we lead our life the goal of life? Will leave you to ponder on it and keep in touch with us for more excerpts from Swamiji’s discourses!