Taking Your Blessings for Granted

If an Angel comes to you and says “The whole of the Himalayas will be turned into gold and given to you on condition that both your eyes will be taken away”. Will you accept the offer? One person said “what is the use of mountain of gold if we don’t have eyes to behold it”. Responding to the argument it is said “It means our eyes are more precious than mountain of gold”.

Every individual is blessed with precious bounties in nature which are given by God; but seldom would you find a person who acknowledges this fact and offers gratitude to the divine from the deepest recesses of his heart. This is because we tend to take divine blessing for granted. It is the culture of ingratitude that has ruined people’s sense of morality. If you are ungrateful to God, you are ungrateful to man as well. Gratefulness is directly related to moral values. People have failed to thank God for countless bounties he has bestowed on them. Consequently, they have failed to express gratitude towards man and this has resulted in erosion of spiritual and moral values in society.

When we receive a benefit from someone, we say “thank you”. But in terms of spirit we see no result. It is a tragic situation that the thank you culture exists in form, whereas the spirit of thank you culture does not exist in the real sense. The reason is that the present thank you culture is nothing more than lip service or mere social courtesy. We must acknowledge thanks for the technologies that were available to facilitate the growth of positive thinking.

Positive thinking results in all kinds of positive human values like love, patience, honesty and compassion for all. We need to develop our thinking in such a manner that we recognise divine bounties and the contribution of human kind in creating a civilisation that is beneficial to all. It is this culture of thanks giving that can save our society from falling prey to immorality.

Advertisements

Lifestyle Change

Nothing requires more courage than the admission of one’s fault. The disturbance that repentance evokes in our personal and collective psyches, while ruminating over a past wrong or misdeed, is so upsetting that we tend to exhaust every other available choice before we own up. We dread the bold admission that we are in the wrong. Not only individuals but also communities and nations face this dilemma.

Human beings have a double nature capable of great sacrifice and charity and at the same time capable of committing heinous acts. This is because the instinct to do good and the instinct to do bad are intertwined with both positive and negative qualities. We tend to hurt others by our thoughtless and selfish inclinations. There are moments in our lives when we regret our actions and wish we had not done what we had. There would be hardly anyone who has not at sometime or other grappled with feelings of guilt.

In most scriptures, there is a provision of undoing wrongs. But certain wrong like murder cannot be undone. They can only be forgiven. To those who are overburdened with guilt over things that had gone wrong, there is always a way out. God offers a second chance. Even nature will. Spiritual life requires, not to be selfish, greedy or proud and so on. We have the golden rule which lays down that we should do unto other what we expect others to do unto us. And whenever we violate these rules, we become liable for strife, tension and ill health.

Repentance means change, a new beginning, it means starting all over again. Repentance is not behaviour change, it results in behaviour change. Repentance happens in your mind. It brings humility, gratitude and a desire to set things right. Our actions are changed by our hearts, our hearts are changed by our minds and minds are changed by the word of God. Repentance is not a one time experience, it is our constant teacher.