Those who complain about people, things, or situations in their life conveniently overlook the greatest miracle happening to them every moment of their life. The miracle that I am talking about is LIFE. Most people seem to take their life for granted as if they were entitled to it and that life was some kind of ‘constitutional right’ of theirs.
Think about it. Countless natural operations take place within your mind and body without your direct participation or intervention, and they ensure that all your vital systems work in synchronisation thus enabling you to exist as the individual that you are. Any of those operations could stop anytime and instantaneously turn you into a corpse.
With such a dangerous ‘sword of Damocles’ hanging over the heads of people all the time, people complain about losing their job, losses in business, being jilted by someone they loved, because they are not happy with their looks, about someone who is more successful than them, or not being able to get a visa to go to the USA!
In an old post of mine,The Three Vital Truths in one’s Karmic Journey, I said that if you have three priceless gifts, you are richer than most billionaires. I also explained why I felt so.
Here is an excerpt from that post:
I have three questions for people who complain about life not being as per their expectations:
Q 1. Are you alive?
Q2. Are you healthy?
Q3. Do you consider yourself to be of sound mental health?
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to the above questions, you should be considering yourself to be phenomenally rich. It might sound strange, but it is the truth. Has it ever occurred to you that the three gifts you have are priceless, and that even the richest person with all the wealth in the world cannot buy them?
Early this morning, I heard about the tragic crash in Costa Rica, of a private plane in which the founder and owner of a massive chain of fitness centres in Europe, and his family, including two minors, were travelling. It is in one of his gyms, at which I work out.
The man appeared recently in a television documentary film on billionaires of Europe. He was an enterprising and flamboyant man who possessed almost everything he could dream of in the material world.
With all due respect to the deceased persons, and extending my deep condolences to those they have left behind, I would like to urge you all to take a moment and do the following:
Put aside all your problems, worries, fears, dreams, ambitions, passions, fantasies, and all unfulfilled desires and ask yourself:
1. Am I alive?
2. Am I healthy?
3. Am I of sound mental health?
Now, carry on with what you were doing, knowing that you possess three things that even the richest person cannot buy with all his or her wealth.
Go through the following Shloka, and internalise it if you are currently facing challenges in your life.
मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः |
आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत || २ १४ ||
taam-sthithikshasva-bhaarata (SBG 2:14)
(Krishna says) O son of Kunti, transitory perceptions such as happiness and sadness arise from the contact of the senses with sense objects. Like the heat and cold in summer and winter, they too come and go. They are temporary, so learn to endure them.
LIFE IS THE GREATEST GIFT – EXPERIENCE IT – RELISH IT – CELEBRATE IT – BE THANKFUL FOR IT, and NEVER TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.