Published in: The Pioneer
    Category: Spirituality
    Dated: 4/19/2004
It has been indicated in the scriptures that the soul is very, very small in size though our bodies may be quite large. The proof of this statement can be had from the fact that there are living entities which are infinitesimal. Due to this very small size, we are powerless, which is evidenced by our inability to stop diseases, old age and death.

We are like very small children who are totally dependent upon their parents. Our grown-up state does not really make us independent. This is proved by our near-total dependence on others for getting anything done. Not only do we need support, but strong support to exist well. As a matter of fact, we are forever seeking the support from varied sources . If we look around and observe how a creeper grows, we may realize that we are equally helpless without srong support.

The material world is a scary place with its constant turmoil. One can understand this by imagining how a person, when facing strong winds, needs the support of a larger tree to escape being blown away. Similarly, to even exist, we need very strong and permanent support structures without which we feel helpless, depressed, worried and scared at different times. For example, when we fall sick we feel assured when a qualified doctor takes charge of us.

Why do we naturally pray when in distress ? Assurance of strong support gives a feeling of well-being similar to a child being reunited with his parents. So like migrating to a rich country, we are eternally seeking support to exist. People join big companies or government service, get associated with big people for support. These are all transient things as are money, position and even our physical abilities. Deep in our hearts we know this and therefore in spite of such crutches we continue to feel insecure. lt is like working for a fickle master who cannot be depended upon. We need real support. Who is that ? The scriptures tell us that God is that person because He alone has all the traits, like strength, dependability and trustworthiness which we look for in an anchor.

ďA person connected with God becomes free from material contamination and achieves the highest stage of perfect happiness" (6.28). But we cannot see Him, how can then we trust Him ? We all have some kind of ability but can this ability be seen ? Still, we all trust our abilities. Similarly, God is there and one needs to trust this fact. Only He can be the real anchor. The secret to good living is to develop that faith at the earliest. By doing this, the faithful reap enormous benefits, such as peace of mind, fearlessness, sense of security, etc, whereas the faithless miss out. So, how can one obtain Godís support ?

Arjuna, in the Bhagavad-Geeta guides : "I shall do as you instruct" (18.73). And God's instructions, as contained in bonafide scriptures, like the Bhagavad-Geeta, are faultless. They give us guidance for correct actions and one can easily understand that right actions are bound to bring good results. And, the easiest process is to chant God's name, that is japa, which is similar to saying prayers but is more effective since it is done on a regular basis. What are other benefits of getting God as an anchor of our lives ? Besides many- many benefits we derive from God, we shall be assured, fearless and confident. Most importantly, faith in God gives us the confidence that right actions shall bring right results only, though these results may take some time in coming. In any case, we all know that quick-fix formulae don't normally work and one needs to be patient for good results.

Therefore, the faithful actively pursue their life-goals and reap rich benefits. The difference between a believer and a non-believer is that all act but one acts correctly and properly while the other is experimenting with his life. What do our hearts tell us ? To go straight and therefore one can see that everything is properly organised and is being conducted perfectly. Lord Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-Geeta : "This material nature which is one of My energies, is working under My direction" (9.10).

The Faithful believe in order and is peaceful while the faithless are fearful of their chances. One may endlessly day-dream but we secretly wish to know that we get what we actually deserve. God has given us limited independence, not to try to be independent of Him but to seek His support by our free-will. This pleases Him no end, and is similar to someone seeking our support by unconditional surrender. This is called "yoga", the strong connection with God.
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