In A World of Challenges

The fact is that our world is full of problems. Philosophers call it the problem of evil. But it is a case of wrong nomenclature. It is to give a negative name to a positive phenomenon.  Problems are there, but problems are not evil; they are challenges. The only meaningful explanation of this phenomenon is to take problems as challenges.

This phenomenon can be explained by keeping in mind the creation plan of the Creator. There is a difference between the human and material world. According to the creation plan, the material world has no freedom of choice. The course of the material world is pre-determined while man is free to make his choices. It is this difference that creates problems that can be viewed positively.

The concept of self-development does not exist in the material world. Man, on the other hand, was born with great potential. And this potential can be realised in difficult circumstances. It is only in circumstances of pressure that man’s hidden potential can be turned into actuality. Terming these difficult circumstances as evil is a result of lack of understanding the Law of nature.

On planet earth, the gravitational pull exists in the right proportion. This pull is so important that without it civilisation could never have come into existence. But this blessing of the Creator remained unknown to man until the physicist Isaac Newton received shock treatment from nature. According to a well known story, he was hit on the head by an apple when he was sitting under the apple tree in his garden. Through this “hit” nature was, as if, saying in silent language, “O man, why don’t you think. If you think you will come to learn a great reality.”

In this respect, everyone is like Newton. Everyone is born with great treasure in his mind. But, every person needs a shock treatment. This is the course of nature and there is no exception in this regard. Without passing through this course, a person’s mind will not unfold and he will not be able to achieve great success.

If an “apple” hits your head, do not take it in the negative sense, but know that it has hit your head to make your mind a super mind. Take it as a wakeup call-that a new day is dawning upon you.

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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.