The path that I have found for myself is that of living one’s life meaningfully. By that I mean looking beyond yourself, being truthful and earnest in the way you relate with others, helping people, being kind and thankful, doing your bit for the society and being there for your family. Basically a simple, straightforward and transparent life where you are able to go to sleep at night with the feeling that yes, I have done all of the above.
I am not too religious but I do believe that God exists in our altruistic deeds, in the caring, in the kindness, in the benevolence we show and the smile that we willingly share. He exists in our kind word, in our readiness to help, spend time for a good cause, for unselfish gestures, in our empathy and understanding. I believe there is a supreme power out there that makes our heartfelt prayer combined with earnest efforts come through. Our faith in ourselves and our prayers makes it come true. Whatever we pray for maybe delayed but it comes to us in good time. Just that I see Him in people and their actions. In their readiness to help and serve. In their intentions of wanting and thinking good for others. In their ready smiles. This realisation is spiritual and awareness of this according to me is Spirituality which comes over time.
So when I see people go to the end of the world to see God, go to His temple, be so willing to drop wads and wads of cash into His box but not even notice the people in their own homes, in their own streets, in their own lives, that are in need of their attention, goodwill and help I wonder at the prevalent, so-called definition of devotion to God! These are the same people who bark at their own parents, whip the wife, have no time for their own children but claim they are busy either visiting temples or in the name of serving God. Some of them even take off from work to do this. Isn’t work a form of worship? Isn’t taking care of your loved ones an act of love? And isn’t that love what is God all about? To them God is a person one has to be nice to in order to receive favours. What is the point in seeking God when your actions speak nothing of the love He wants you to realise?
To the one who created the world your presence by His side is no big deal, but you taking care of His creations is! What you choose to do with what He has given you is! How many meaningful moments you have filled your life with is! What difference you are going to make in the lives of others around you is. How many are going to smile because of you is.
We need to ask ourselves some hard questions. What are we going to take with us when we go? What will we leave behind? Why not spend our lives earning good karma? Like for instance, being nice and helpful to people when they are alive and telling them what they mean to us and how thankful we are for their presence in our lives rather than take out an ad with a photo in the obit column of the newspaper and telling the world what the dead people mean to us! What would we rather want? Materialism that anyway never makes us happy completely or the warmth that you have made a difference with your presence? Our benevolence that will etch our names across the sands of time or never being fully alive while we are still living?
God resides inside us. If we only learn to look for Him inside us rather than outside. This realisation in my opinion is the true essence of spirituality.
This blog was written for the Chennai Bloggers Club , 'The Monk Key' Contest'