Sep 21, 2023
Sep 21, 2023
God & Man on Life's Conundrums
Imagine yourself in a tranquil place where the laws of time and space do not apply. You're alone, yet a profound sense of presence envelops you. Suddenly, you realize that you're not alone. You're in the divine presence – God is with you. You're overwhelmed, astounded, but the infinite wisdom radiating from the entity soothes you. You realize, this is your chance to ask all the questions that have troubled you over the years. You gather your thoughts and begin the conversation.
"God," you start, "Why is the balance between personal life and work so difficult to maintain?"
God smiles gently, "My child, think of the chariot from the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna's chariot had five horses, symbolizing the five senses. The reins are the mind, and the charioteer is the intellect. The passenger is the soul. It is the charioteer's responsibility to control the horses and keep the chariot on track. Life and work are but two paths that the chariot must traverse. They can be balanced if the charioteer is strong, and the horses are well controlled."
You contemplate the answer and your thoughts veer towards morality. "God, what should we do when moral dilemmas arise? When what is ethical seems to conflict with what is practical?"
God replies, "In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira, the embodiment of Dharma, had to lie to his teacher Dronacharya about his son Ashwathama's death to turn the tide of war. It was a moral dilemma – a lie from the mouth of truth. But he did it for a greater good, he sacrificed his righteousness to save many lives. This is the complexity of Dharma; it isn't always black and white. The answer lies in your conscience and in considering the greater good."
The discussion moves to duty and sacrifice. "God," you ask, "how do we balance duty and sacrifices? How do we choose between short-term results and long-term rewards?"
God considers your question, "Remember King Harishchandra, who was renowned for his truthfulness and integrity? He sacrificed his kingdom, his family, and endured severe hardships, all to uphold his promise to sage Vishwamitra. The short-term results were terrible, but in the end, he achieved eternal glory and divine blessings. Life often presents such choices, and the correct path may not always be the easiest one. Balance is achieved by viewing situations from a wider perspective, considering long-term consequences, and upholding Dharma."
Your heart feels lighter, but you need more guidance. "What about betrayal, sin, and honesty, God?"
"The Ramayana teaches us about honesty through Lord Rama and about betrayal through Ravana. Rama was honest and upright, while Ravana's arrogance led him to commit the sin of abducting Sita, leading to his downfall. Remember, each decision, each action has its consequences. And often, honesty and truth, even though they may seem hard, are the paths that lead to salvation."
You soak in the divine wisdom, your mind buzzing with new understanding. But one question still lingers. "How do we handle family responsibilities and duties, God?"
God smiles knowingly, "Ah, the great balancing act! In the Mahabharata, Karna was torn between duty towards his friend Duryodhana and his responsibility towards his real family – the Pandavas. He chose friendship and duty over blood relations. His choice was noble, yet it led to his downfall. Sometimes, there is no perfect choice. The balance comes from understanding that duty isn't always defined by relationships but by righteousness, by Dharma."
As the conversation winds down, you realize that there are no simple answers to life's complex questions. Each path is different, each choice unique. But in the end, it's all about balance – balancing your senses, your duties, your responsibilities, and understanding the broader perspective of life's tapestry.
With a sense of peace, you thank God for the enlightening conversation. But one question remains, echoing in your mind and, perhaps, in the minds of all who hear this divine dialogue: "How can I become a charioteer who expertly navigates the path of life, understanding my duties, and maintaining balance in the face of trials and tribulations?"
A question, perhaps, that we each need to answer for ourselves.
More by : P. Mohan Chandran