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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Divine intercession

Thomas Mathew

No sane person will doubt that all great works, including the Vedas, are God-inspired writing. Poets, the so-called unacknowledged legislators of the world, invoke the blessings of the muse after drawing the requisite inspiration. Nothing happens without a cause, as ‘the cause and effect’ theory enunciates.

There can’t be any creation sans a creator. Hence our gratitude to the creator, the source of infinite wisdom and knowledge, ought to be expressed through benign words and meritorious deeds.

Our indebtedness to our creator necessitates acts of kindness and love by helping the poorest of the poor and the genuinely needy, visiting patients and similar acts of benevolence and kindness.
Truth to be told — that is one of the reasons behind the believers’ prayer to “make me an instrument of God’s peace.” But that is different from temporal peace. It’s John Keats who put it aptly: “Beauty is Truth and Truth Beauty.”

Doctors claim that they treat and God cures. Experience bears proof that God is the dependable friend whose invisible hands work through good angels many a time in the form of humble human beings. Lord Buddha got enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Moses got the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19&20).

John Milton justified the ways of God to man in his epic verse, The Paradise Lost. It is not only the chosen few who get enlightenment; even the persecutor can get it. According to The Holy Bible, when Saul was going from Jerusalem to Damascus to persecute Christians, “suddenly a light from heaven flashed”. “He fell and heard a voice saying, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? He asked: Who are you, Lord?”

The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” (Acts…9: 3-6). And Saul, was filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts…13: 9).

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