Lalata Likhitam Can Be Rendered Ineffective
Hira Bahadur Thapa
With god’s grace, one’s destiny can be changed despite our assumption that none can change what is written in one’s forehead during birth in this world. It is divine itself that determines one’s fate based on the concerned person’s past actions. No wonder then that the supreme authority can cancel what is written in an individual’s forehead at his wish. To corroborate this, a world-renowned spiritual guru and philanthropist has said, in his discourse, that god’s grace can be compared to morphine (pain killer) that relieves the sufferer of pain, which he or she may have undergone because of the past Karmas (actions). As we do not experience pain due to the consumption of a pain killer, when pain occurs because of operation or extraction of a tooth, so can we be relieved of any malignity by god’s grace.
Purity of heart
But this should not be understood to mean that we have the freedom of doing anything with no regard for its evil consequences. We can’t be assured of rescue from the God if we behave inhumanely. Our eligibility for God’s grace depends on the purity of our heart. Such purity is boosted by the performance of sacred deeds that shower happiness on others. God resides in each of us. We all are His children but we must have maintained the purity in our hearts to make the same suitable for the Lord to reside.
What we must bear in mind that supreme Lord, who pervades this universe, cannot be cheated. He is omnipresent and hence there is no place where God does not exist. With this firm belief, we are expected to avoid doing anything that does not please him. Any person, animal or bird becomes pleased when helped but is unhappy when hurt. Animals and birds have feelings though their ways of expressing the same are incomprehensible to us.
This fact is easily established when we observe the behaviour of our pets, whether they be dogs or cats. Our pets demonstrate their happiness, for example, the dogs start weaving their tails instead of barking at us. That means they welcome us. Conversely, those pets keep on barking at us showing their displeasure. Similarly, cats if keenly observed, display such behaviour. We have seen cats stretching their bodies when they find that their masters are near to them. They just raise their tails contrary to dogs to show their pleasure. It is common to see such animals behaving in a certain way whenever they want to draw our attention to them.
We have found buffaloes with tearful eyes to express pain. In conversation with a farmer in the village, this scribe was once narrated an interesting story. According to him a buffalo was sold by a farmer to one of his neighbours in the village but unfortunately, she was not giving milk in a new owner’s house. Consequently, the new owner came to the seller and asked him to accompany him to his shed so that buffalo would give milk. As soon as the buffalo saw his old master, it started to cry streaming in tears. This scene overwhelmed the previous owner, who then decided to pay back and bring the animal to his house. What an illustration to prove that animals feel like us. The pity is that we fail to notice this and behave foolishly.
By simply observing this trend, we get motivated to behave coolly and comfortingly to others. Preaching is easier than practicing. We need to learn the real purpose of our life, which is the most gracious of all living creatures. This is why our different epics and sacred books and Vedas remind us of our obligations to our fellow human beings. Our life should be meaningful to the society in which we are living. The essence is that we should live for others, not for ourselves only.
A living example of this philosophy was noticed when I read a story of a retired international civil servant, who comes from one of the remotest and most backward villages in Tarai-Madhes in Nepal. Happily, he has been given an award by UN Secretary-General for his exemplary performance during his decades-long UN service. What is inspiring from him is that he is now dedicated to serving his native community by doing whatever possible to uplift the teaching standards of the public school, which is his alma mater.
Let us imagine how fast we could progress materially if at least one retired civil servant, or a police or an army officer in each district could decide generously to spare the leisure time to help our native community dwellers undertaking some social service, which suits one’s professional expertise and knowledge.
So, what is the role of spirituality in this enterprise is a question that we should try to find out. The motive behind this opinion piece is to explore how we can be more useful to the communities where we belong. Spirituality gives us awareness. It makes us realise that serving humanity is tantamount to serving the God. His constant grace and compassion make our life possible on this earth. God’s grace is conditional in the sense that we can be showered that grace only when we perform sacred deeds or satkarma, which means that our actions should make others happy. Looking at everything from the perspectives of others makes us aware of our duties. We should not be doing anything to others that we find objectionable to ourselves.
God as our supreme master is benevolent and compassionate. He loves all of us like children. To deserve that blissful love, we should be doing everything that pleases Him. As human beings, we have to be humane to others by performing good deeds. That alone can help us sanctify our life. No destiny can prevail before God’s grace. Undoubtedly, Lalata Likhitam can be rendered null and void by dint of divine grace.