Recently there was a death in the family; it took the family by surprise, even though we are all well aware of the fact that God is a God of surprises. God alone is my teacher; I don’t go by the teachings of anyone else till the time God speaks to me about it. There was surge of well wishers pouring in from everywhere and every person had their opinion to share along with the condolence in some form or the other. Everything that happens to me or around me I always see God’s hand in it and ask God to reveal me what He wants me to learn through it. And true to His character, God revealed me three things very beautifully.
The first thing that God revealed to me was that- We rejoice when a baby is born but in reality a soul got separated from God, while death is the time to rejoice for soul as it is meeting time with God. When a soul adorns a human body meaning when a baby is born, we rejoice, celebrate and welcome the new life. But birth is when the soul is separated from its real Father and Mother-God and accepts an illusion as reality. Why an illusion because there have been many mothers and fathers in past births for that soul and many more would be there, but God is the only One who has been its own in every birth and would be with it till eternity. God also made me understand that death in reality is a time of rejoicing for the soul as it would now get a chance after years to meet its real Father and Mother-God, from whom it got separated. And every death is a promotion for the soul, promotion because God never demotes you. The ultimate abode of every soul is God and through every death He takes you to a place which would ultimately help you reach Him.
The second thing God revealed to me was- There is only one duty of a human being – to love Him. Instead of making other duties right if only this one is fulfilled, rest all automatically get fulfilled. When a soul leaves the body, people start to discuss and contemplate the kind of person s/he was and if he fulfilled his/her duties and what kind of birth would the soul get- good or bad. But God said for a human being there is only one duty, fulfilling which your all other duties would be fulfilled well. And that one duty is to love God. But if you didn’t fulfil that duty your all other duties that you think you did well with your mind, are a complete waste. Why waste? Because human birth is meant only to love Him. In the mango farm you are there to relish mangoes. Then how many trees are there in the farm or how many mangoes on each tree, there is no need to know. You are here to enjoy eating mangoes which is to love Him, don’t waste your time knowing what you don’t need to know.
When we keep a pet in our homes even though we love it a lot, when it dies we don’t follow any kind of ritual, we bury it and maximum get a tomb stone over its place of burial. But when a soul leaves a human body, many rituals are followed, prayer meetings are held, why so? Because human birth is precious as this is the only way you get to love God and He reveals to you who He is. Therefore, don’t waste this birth. It is very essential to not try to understand God with your mind; you’ve to love Him from your heart. Once you love Him from your heart He will make you understand who He is. Worldly intellect contemplates and looks for the value addition in its relationships, the same worldly intellect we use while building relationship with God. But if you make Him your own and love Him for who He is and not to get your desires fulfilled, you’ll receive multiple folds.
One must remember that our journey with God is in different stages just like a student goes to school and has to clear the stage it is in to come to the next stage. But if a grade one student after learning sentence formation thinks that he knows more than what a High School student knows or even more than a university student then that particular soul is becoming a hurdle in its own spiritual progress because Bhagvad Gita 6:6 says that- The soul is its own friend when that soul has conquered its mind, senses and body, but one who has not been able to win over its mind, senses and body, then it becomes its own enemy. That is why your heart should forever yearn for Him. When a beggar begs for alms, you do not immediately help the beggar by getting a train ticket for him to travel; maximum you give him a dollar or small help in kind. Same way God does not reveal Himself to everyone in the same way, you’ve to keep asking and yearning only then He reveals Himself to you. More you go towards God more you’ll find the worldly talk tasteless, but if it has still not happened to you, it means you need to go deeper, further.
Third revelation that God unfolded was- There is limited time for the soul, not more or less, therefore, it is vital to fulfil your duty of loving God sooner. Even if you ask for time later it is not given. There is limited time for each soul, not a second more or a second less. When your time is up, then no matter how much you beg you’ll not be given extension. Therefore, it is imperative for each of us to finish our work in the stipulated time, and that work is to love God.
But in all this it is very essential to know that loving God does not come by just worshipping, or reading scripture after scripture, without putting it on. The clothes in your closet have to be worn; just hanging in the closet doesn’t fulfil their purpose, and same way one has to put on His Word in life. When you put on His Word in your life, your life changes, that is when the magic happens.
I pray to God for every person reading this piece of writing that God makes you experience a deep relationship with Him which will make your presence in the world fruitful. God bless you-Shalini Mehta