Monday, February 13, 2017

The contented shall be given more




The sun is barely up

We have one here who is ready to begin a new day. Just now though there is a little time to sit down over a cup of coffee, to worry about so many things humans have to worry about every day of their lives, to deal with their fears and to make plans to escape them, plans against so many different problems that can arise in a life. Soon he must dress up and rush to work. The work shall be weary, that daily grind, but it will serve to distract from worries, fears and insecurities for a while.

But today he is greeted by Babaji,

“Son you are worrying about so many things but you are forgetting the most important one. Soon these weary days shall become to an end, suddenly, unexpectedly. While your flesh and bones returns to the Earth from whence it arose, your soul shall escape. It shall look down at your body and say,

“Look at this pitiable body that lies here in the ground, soon it shall rot and the stench shall be unbearable, or the maggots will get to it. Its days were spent in worries, fears and insecurities while it walked the land. A sorry end to a sorry life indeed! Then the soul shall rise up and escape to a place from whence it came.”

“But tell me son, do you have enough bread for the day.”
“I do’”
”Do you have a clean dress for the day to wear.”
“Yes, I do.”
“And a roof over your head for the night!?”
 “Yes, Sir. I sure do.”
 “Is the air fresh enough to breathe and the sun warm enough to touch your soul?”
“It sure is Babaji.”
“Then pray tell me, is there a pain in your behind?”
“No, not in the least Babaji.”

“Then be happy and immerse yourself in the magic of a new day. If there is a concern or two to handle today, then go ahead and deal with that, why are you adding those of tomorrow to it? When tomorrow comes it will take care of itself. Let your day be a celebration of life not a distraction from your worries. Soon the body shall be in the grave. Make the most of it while it still dwells upon the earth in a spirit of gratitude. Be contented with what you have for,

“The contented shall be given more and whatever they presently have shall be taken away from those who lack gratitude.”

Is this not the story of so many of us dear readers?


4 comments:

Sudhir Goyal said...

Ashok,
Being contented and being grateful for everything big and small makes journey of life beautiful.
It also makes us full of love for ourselves and for all beings.

Ashok Babaji said...

So true Sudhir, Patanjali said in his yoga darshan that contentment is a necessary step before yoga ( one of the five niyams in part 2 of ashtang yoga) and that it is the biggest of happiness. Gratitude leads to contentment just as peace to happiness

You may have noted at some things suited to western culture like coffee in morning instead of tea and burial instead of cremation. I use those examples because a large proportion of readers of this blog are from USA as also from many western countries.

Vinod Khurana said...

Lovely post, dear Babaji:

When one has everything
one worries to lose even a small thing
and when one has but just a little
the little becomes everything
in being content with what one has
one finds joy, fullness and peace
and gratitude overcomes all worries

with regards
Vinod

Ashok Babaji said...

So true, those who have more tend to worry more whereas the impoverished worry only a little. While one may strive to improve one's condition, it must be in a spirit of joy not worry while appreciating what one already has in a spirit of gratitude for in that lies contentment and happiness.