Staying alone away from family makes a person do two things occasionally – one, returning the utensils received from a friend filled with, most of the times, delicious eatables and second, one can THINK in idle time which is otherwise such a difficult task.
Well, in my case both the things got combined and poor you, this article took birth as a result!
While washing a dish, which I had to return to my neighbor after having cherished my favorite ‘Karanjies’ which were offered as part of Diwali Sweets, a stray yet very profound thought hit my head. Could also be the result of so much information filled in my head due to constant reading for almost thirty years now –
God knows what it was but the thought left me wondering.
I asked myself – why was I washing the dish? The answer came – because I needed to return it as clean and bright as it was before my neighbor had put delicious ‘Karanjies’ in the dish. And that is how my neighbor was expecting me to return it. Anybody would, won’t you? And the next connecting uninvited thought suddenly popped in my head - Then when I was born God gave me a soul which was clean, pure and as bright perhaps as that dish was about to be. Does it mean when it is time to return it, God also expects me to return it the same way? “Of course,” the answer came from somewhere inside me. May be my soul listening to my thoughts had got disturbed and spoken for itself. I wasn’t too much bothered as I feel I had failed to make it that dirty so as to feel guilty about anything.
But then what if someone returns with guilt-ridden, trampled and bruised soul? What will God do? I was convinced that God will toss it back rejecting it because God would like to get back the same pure, clean and shining bright soul which God had given at the time of birth. Exactly the same soul? And I realized that a soul doesn’t really grow in size, it grows in spiritual dimension i.e. in effect it keeps evolving towards higher purpose; it either adds to or reduces its glow over the years.
Well, this The thought needed to be explored further.
So I went to one person who somehow always appreciated about my ability to receive unusual thoughts and would be keen to listen and embolden me to explore them further. Yes, he was sitting in his room and I shared my difficulty with him – difficulty because I needed an answer that I wasn't finding.
He was a little stunned for a moment and then laughed and said, “Yes, God must be tossing such a soul back, but then there is possibility that some souls which may have got very few dark spots as a result of their Karma, they must be getting accepted. And God after cleaning them and transforming them in to shining bright souls once again must be placing them in some other bodies to return for a sojourn on earth to continue with the cycle.” Wow! What a thought! It was possible.
As we talked a little more, we agreed on one thing that God doesn't take back all the souls. Some having achieved a cursed status ‘beyond repairs’ must be getting tossed back by God into some void which we, the human beings, prefer to call ‘ Naraka’ - the Hell - for such a soul never to return.
And those few who remain as pure and clean as they arrived at the time of going back after spending their time on earth, they must be achieving their eternal peace by becoming permanent residents of ‘Swarg ‘ - the Paradise or shall I say PRPs . Looks more comfortable, yeh!
At that moment another thought knocked loudly in my head – Well, all those little children who go back to God even before opening their eyes must be getting called back as God needed to have given them the status of PRPs and because of some oversight they must be taking birth again.. Perhaps, God corrects the mistake. by calling them back. How else one can explain God sending and calling back a pure, clean soul back home so fast! Only if we the mortals could understand, this!
Anyways, only God knows God’s ways. So coming back to what had been revealed about God taking an option of cleansing some souls to send them back. I think most of us fit in to such a category i.e. souls bruised over time due to occasional choices made by mind while moving forward in the journey of life where materialistic success appears to be the only relevant aspect. Where soul is kept a little at the back as a second choice only to be brought forward for some cleansing on special occasions like ‘poojas’, festivals or visits to temples etc. But then we need to do a little more to clean it by making more efforts so as to ensure that not much work is left for God to clean it up and God doesn’t toss it back and who knows with effort we may achieve the ultimate. So what can one do?
Looking at various options, I just remembered that I was able to many a time clean up a dirty glass or dish without doing anything except keeping it under constant flow of clean water for a longer time. So can a similar process be adopted here? Can a constant flow of clean thoughts resulting in kinder and happier words and noble doings for a longer time result in slowly and steadily removing or reducing the already accumulated sores and bruises and dark spots on the soul and minimize the newer hits by mind’s ostentatious choices. Simply stated perhaps the easier way would be to take a pause before every action, before speaking any word or before entertaining any thought and asking just simple one question: Will it leave a bad mark on my soul or will it add to the glow? Trust me, we always know. Any choice we make affects the soul and its gaze on us through the eye which look straight at us when we are in front of mirror.
We know the answer that would take us forward and in final analysis make God’s work easier. But then mind will have to be placed under control and that would mean developing the discipline through meditation for which one will have to find one’s own way.
One thing is certain, when God decides to spend some time to clean a soul for sending it back and whatever process God may be using depending upon the condition of the soul, finally God must be keeping that soul in the warmth of his heart to give it essential glow and purity before putting it back for the life cycle to continue. Assuming that it must be mine nth number of time for coming back to earth, I think this sudden awareness of fact that I might have already spent some time in God’s Heart should make it easier for me to be in a constant flow with that what is ‘Good’. This knowledge should give me advantage in learning to address only that what is ‘Good’ all around to help keep my soul cleaner. I think it shouldn't be a very difficult task.
Being with me here and now, you will agree that rules of living by soul’s intentions are so loud and clear. Why don’t we listen to them? Perhaps that’s why we don’t listen to them. We get so habituated to listening to chaos and deafening noise that clarity gets blurred. Let us at least try to keep our souls such that God takes his chance to clean them to send them back for helping them grow and glow to let the cycle continue till its permanent residence. Now don’t ask me – WHERE?.
I took time to read it but now I must say I am close to the answer I was looking for. I feel everyone goes the same phase of life, the difference is how one handles it and moves ahead.ReplyDelete
Thanks Rajat.. you read it.. it feels so nice.keep it up.. you are destined for much greater things.. the title of your latest posting made me to reaach here as I knew you had read it..ReplyDelete
Everyone has his own equation with existence.ReplyDelete
You have yours. You may grow and glow in it.
God bless you.
your words are full of wonders.ReplyDelete
Excellent Thoughts Shared !!!ReplyDelete
An answer to a question that comes to every mind.
How true!! If a neighbour expects vessels to be as clean as it was.. then definitely god does!! you gave me a point to think about :)ReplyDelete
Thanks RS Sir :)
Beautifully put, Ramesh! Loved reading your thoughts...sharing is a gift you bring to humanity!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your gifts and for you!
with Loving Light,
Such contemplation should be encouraged. The truth, however, is : God does not judge or punish us. He is our own Highest Potential. We are all Buddhas in making. When we err, we punish ourselves. The soul is intrinsically always divine, but has on it a crust of karmic impressions or Sanskaar gathered through our ego and ignorance. It is in that karma-tainted state that the soul takes a new birth, to work out the karma.ReplyDelete
After death, the soul doesn't take a new body immediately, except for very restless, very attached souls. People who have been peace-loving and inclined to solitude / good values, spend good time - may be even a few hundred earth years - in the astral world (made of energy) before reincarnating on the earth. You can read about all this in my Master's book, Autobiography of a Yogi by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. A free downloadable version is here : www.yogananda.net/ay