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Who will take our responsibility?

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Who will take our responsibility?

It’s important to be self-reliant and self-sufficient in our actions. Complete control over the results is a myth. Peace lies in leaving all things to God’s discretion after we have done our bit, writes Ajit Kumar Bishnoi

What kind of question is this? Who else we will take our responsibility. Naturally, we have to do it. Do we have a choice? Before I get into the larger question, let us be clear about the difference between ‘taking our responsibility’ and ‘being responsible for our actions’. There can be no difference of opinion as far as the latter part is concerned; we are all responsible for our actions. A few examples will clarify. A child is not paying attention to his teacher. He is chastised for it. A person, working on a machine, is not careful and gets hurt. So, we can all agree that we are responsible for our actions. Do we realize that even in those actions we are severely limited as we do not have inexhaustible options? Let’s say, we are looking for the admission of our child in a neighbouring school. But, the only school which will accept him is at a distance.

Returning to the question raised in the title, let us examine if we can take our own responsibility. The example of a toddler is very appropriate; he cannot take his own responsibility. Can adults really take their own responsibility? Yes, we can take care of our physical needs by making the requisite efforts, but when it comes to peace of mind, we are stuck. Why do we helplessly fear or worry if we are peaceful? Because a point comes where our powers are insufficient. Life is very uncertain. We have no idea when we will be confronted with some serious challenge. Millions succumb to the pressure and suffer silently. They are not able to take their own responsibility. The fact is that no one can do it. We are too small to be independent by any stretch of imagination.

This raises a new question — whom should we depend upon if we must? Normally, whom do we depend upon besides our family members? The answer is, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. But, they are just as helpless as we are.

Then, whom can be fully depended upon? Who is fully equipped to take our responsibility? It is not difficult to guess. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent — God. By the way, this is the cosmic design also. God could not have created a parallel power center. We, souls, are parts of God and must depend on Him. We get everything from Him. Where is the problem, then?

God is prepared to take responsibility of all of us if we are dutiful and accept to take His shelter willingly, i.e. by exercising our free will. Why has He set these two conditions? We must do our bit and take care of our duties because we must be concerned about our lives. God is not ready to be responsible for us if we are not dutiful. For example, will a teacher take responsibility of a student if the student refuses to do anything? God does not ever withdraw the free will granted to us souls; we must agree to take God’s shelter willingly.

Let us now see what happens when we have qualified, and God has taken our responsibility. Our lives become very uncomplicated. We do our duties and leave the rest to God. This is where the necessity of doing duties comes in. We don’t have to worry about or fear any consequences; God oversees everything. What is best possible will be done, which does not necessarily mean that we will always get exactly what we wish for. That is because out of ignorance, we may desire what is harmful to us either in the short term or in the long term. When God takes responsibility, He is truly responsible. Having understood this cosmic design, I am very eager to come under the Lord’s care at the earliest. If you love yourself, you will also take advantage of this glorious facility.

Bishnoi is a spiritual writer and can be reached at




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