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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Faith the saver

Rajesh Krishan

After having two sons(me being younger),my parents were delighted to have a daughter. But, my sister was born with some medical issues which required special treatment. The doctor was a friend of my parents and used to call my sister ‘gulab ka phool'. He told my parents that she needs to be operate

d and confessed that he was afraid that the operation could prove a failure. ‘Kahin gulab ka phool murjha na jaye’, that was what he said emphasising that she may or may not make it, and, therefore, her life would be in God’s hand.
That was when my parents opted not to subject her to medical treatment and have faith in God. They travelled all the way down to Puttaparthi to seek blessings of Satya Sai Baba in whom my parents had complete faith.

My mother, who had my sister in her lap, was among thousands of devotees sitting in rows across from one another waiting patiently for Sai to appear. My mother tells me how she was praying silently with her eyes shut when Sai appeared before her.

For few moments, my mother was speechless. She simply couldn’t believe that out of thousands of people, Sai came straight to her. My mother laid my sister at Sai’s feet to which He commented, “Keep her with you, in your lap”. He then placed his hand on my sister’s head and walked away.

That event had two effects on my parents. As humans, my parent’s faith in life and God was strengthened. As parents, they’re now sure that their beloved gulab ka phool won’t wither.

My sister is now well over 30 and she is doing well. I think this story could inspire a lot of people to have such hope, hope that there is more to our lives than what we see happening in the physical world. Only that one has to have complete faith.

Let me conclude with these lovely Kutless lyrics: I’ve seen miracles just happen/Silent prayers get answered/ Broken hearts become brand new/That’s what faith can do.
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Theory of Karma

AK Bhargava

There are many theories around the theory of Karma. A lot of us believe that our present actions are the outcome of our past actions. That means we have no control over them for any improvement. But Karma determines only our experiences and not our actions. Our personal happiness and sorrow is the

result of our past actions but what we are doing at present is not the result of past actions. There is a tendency sometimes to blame Karma for our decisions. Secondly, Karma is very empowering. We wrongly understand that we have no choice in life that is bound by our Karma. Basically, Karma gets mistaken for fate or destiny, which it is not the case.
If work is Karma, its effect is Karama-phala or fruit of work. It is difficult to deny that actions have consequences. Everything that we do has results. Secondly, it is difficult to deny that we all want our life to be happy, meaningful and fulfilling. Thirdly, it makes difficult to deny that our hope for justice for life makes it difficult to oversee that goodness is rewarded and evil punished. That is what Karma theory in the essence is. There is no need to blame anyone for our sorrow or be indebted to anyone for our happiness. We are responsible for both for our action as well as the results of our actions.

We rarely question the existence of happiness in our life. If something makes us happy, we say we deserve it. Only when there is failure, then we ask, “why me”. The general tendency is to find an external cause for the trouble and blame it. Then the control as to when I should be happy or unhappy depends on others. Then there is no freedom to be happy.

It is inevitable that some news or happening will make some of us happy and some others unhappy. Should I be overwhelmed by the joys and sorrows in life? Both can be overwhelming. If we are getting overwhelmed by joys or sorrows, then the clarity of our mind is lost.
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