Does God Intervene In Our Lives?
Many of us must have experienced the power of prayer!
Whenever we have any serious problem or some major tension, we look towards God and pray with all our heart. While we are praying, we may sense a whole lot of energy flowing through our body and suddenly a path that leads us to the solution to our long-pending problem flashes before our eyes. We believe God answered our prayers; He came and gave us the energy, He showed us the way forward and made us happy.
The fact is that our Soul gives us the answer to our problem. The Soul (Aatma) resides within every living being. Real knowledge and permanent happiness are among the prominent properties of the Soul alone, and therefore any kind of knowledge or happiness can come from within the Soul alone. But since we do not know our inner Soul, we believe it has come from the God outside, whose idol we see and know.
We now know where from the answers come. However, it also happens that some prayers are not answered to, immediately. Why so?
Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan emphatically explains, “There is no one up there running everything. This world is run by only scientific circumstantial evidence; no individual entity is running it. Everyone and everything is merely instrumental in the process of its functioning; no person or anything controls it independently. Furthermore, God can never be the doer of anything. If God was the doer, then He would bind karma and therefore He would have to suffer the consequences of that karma. If God too is subject to the bondage of karma, then how can He be called God? Then what difference would remain between you and God?”
This means the entire universe runs only by circumstances. A sincere prayer from one’s true heart can help bring up the circumstances required to fulfill the prayer, by being instrumental in breaking free from the obstacles present on the path to a solution of the problem.
These obstacles are in the form of karmas which we happened to charge in our previous life and are getting discharged as obstacles in this life. The law of nature states that things unravel in the same way in which they had been woven. If we have bound bad karmas, we have to suffer. And if we have bound good karmas, we experience happiness. And if we have bound these bad karmas with lot of bad interest in mind, they create severe obstacles which stick around in our life for a long time.
On the other hand, if we regretted and repented for the bad karmas we bound, the karmas get much lighter, which with the help of sincere prayers can wear off in no time. This is how the law of Nature regulates the world. Not even for a single moment does the world remain without regulation. This is but natural adjustment and God does not interfere in this at all.
When God Interferes
If God could intervene, would He ever allow illness, poverty, misery, injustice, violence, and unhappiness to prevail in our lives? No. If He was the doer, would He not put an immediate end to all natural calamities? But God never interferes in any of this at all. Everything in this world runs precisely in a definite scientific manner. Whatever karmas we have charged will inevitably discharge. It is thus we who are whole and solely responsible for our life.
We carry not only the burden of our previous life but the responsibility for our future life too. This is not God’s responsibility, for God does not interfere in this as well. People think there are no consequences for their actions and so they continue to lie at their sweet will. Many believe that even if they commit sins, God will forgive them.
No, God neither forgives nor punishes anyone. God says, “One should not inflict pain on any living being. This is our only principle!”
Recognize the Self
Why only God; but for our fault, no one in this world has the power to interfere in our life. It is only our own mistakes that have this power. So, if we do not want to suffer anymore, make sure that we do not make any mistake henceforth. ‘This man insulted me’, is a theory of doership; and ‘he is cursing me as a result of unfolding of my old karma’, is the theory of karma. When one understands the ‘theory of karma’, he does not see anyone at fault and therefore will not inflict pain on anyone.
Ignorance of one’s Self is the force and power behind all our actions that cause us suffering.
The biggest mistake of all is our belief of ‘I am John (please put in your name here).’ When Gnani, the Enlightened One, with his divine grace, breaks this mistake; He removes our ignorance and places us in the real fact. We realize that really ‘I am Pure Soul’. The vision of the Self (the Soul) is the real vision that never sees any faults in others.
After self-realization, all that remains is the discharge of the old karmas created due to our past mistakes. Whatever entangled karmas we have already created will bring us their entangled results; but now as mistakes leave, their intervention in our lives leaves! No karmas can be charged anew thereafter, and as a result no suffering can be caused by us hereafter.
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