Blessings can become a curse if we fail to see things for what they are. We need the right frame of mind to accept the good things that come our way. Otherwise, even a victory will feel like a loss.
A man tells his friend, “God has failed me.”
“Why, what happened?” asks the friend.
“I was lost in the desert so I prayed for God to help me. He did nothing. And I suffered.”
“How did you get out of it?” asks the friend.
“Another traveller was passing by. He gave me a ride.”
Is that not a God-send? We are so arrogant sometimes that we decide how God should come to us. If Lord Krishna came to us in a pair of jeans and sports shoes, we would hardly recognize him. We have very specific demands of Divinity.
So let’s redefine winning and losing. When we see life as it is, without the pollution of our minds, we will be able to see our blessings. When we don’t have the right frame of mind, we will fail to do this. If existence blesses you but you don’t see it, is that not losing?
How can we overcome this? The Lord says that life is run according to one’s Swabhava or nature. We act according to our innate abilities and responses. There are 2 types of nature: lower and higher. The question you and I have to answer is whether we want to operate from the lower or the higher one. Anger for example, is our lower nature manifesting. Love, acceptance and compassion are all our higher nature. We should move towards operating from our higher nature as much as possible. When we learn to do this, we will begin to see things as they are, recognizing opportunities and blessings as they come our way.
We can take our lessons from Lord Krishna. He represents the state of an evolved being; he is a quality of consciousness. If you bring that into your being, you will find your life to be a great awakening. How can we evolve our consciousness?
The Bhagavad Gita is a light of knowledge in the darkness of our ignorance. Let me illustrate with a story.
Once upon a time, a young, beautiful princess was in love with a young, handsome boy. Of course, there was a complication to this wonderful state of affairs: the boy was not from a royal family. It is a classic case of forbidden love. Not all was lost, however. An unexpected ray of hope pierced through the darkness that clouded their love story. The King announced a competition in which anyone could win his daughter’s hand in marriage by completing a specific task chosen by the King.
In the old kingdom was a complex maze with many obstacles on its winding paths. There were dragons that breathed fire and traps that could gut the strongest of men. The task was to reach the centre of the maze, dance with a powerful bull there and return without being harmed. Now the princess was very clever. She spun silken thread so fine that it was indetectable to everyone except those who knew about it. The young boy held that thread in his hand as he went through the maze. He completed the task successfully, returned back safely and won the princess’ hand in marriage.
Life is like a complex maze. You have to pass through it to win your treasures. Maybe that small dragon you have to face is your mother-in-law. Or your boss. Maybe dancing with the bull is overcoming a health problem. We have to go through these obstacles. But all get lost in the process. We forget our purpose.
The Gita is that silken thread. It is visible to an eye that has devotion, dedication and awareness. Hold onto that thread and that truth. It will guide you out of the maze so that you can claim your victory in your union with the Divine.