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Plant a seed of goodness
Foster the spirit of nurturing a garden of virtues. By Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj ji
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions, said Acharya Chanakya. For many of us, the present times are an age of panic where we see lawlessness and increasing crime rate all around the world. But the law of karma – the universal law ensuring justice — makes it clear that nothing unjust can ever occur in this universe. This means a person going through an experience of pain or turmoil must have committed a wrong in the past to be a recipient of the present suffering. This leads us to the question that, are those people who were killed in untoward events like natural calamities or a terror strike really innocent as we believe them to be? When we look at the slain children who died in such incidents, we often wonder what did these little ones do to deserve this fate as they had barely begun their lives. But going by the law of karma, the tragedy was only an instrument to take them to the fate due to them.
A deep understanding of the law of karma leads us to the realisation that nothing unjust can happen in the universe and therefore the hard reality is that, as per the law of karma, there is no victim. Hence whatever happens in the present is a follow-up in a greater just plot. Therefore, we must put an end to the chain of endless thoughts that take us into deep despair when we look at how miserable people’s lives have become. Of course, it is human nature to sympathise and do whatever possible to mitigate human suffering. This brings its own reward, again as per the law of karma. Remember, none of our good deeds goes waste. So if we have committed something wrong in the past, we must make sure not to repeat it in future. In fact, this awakening gives us the power to create a better future by planting the desired seeds now. However, a question that many of us may ask is that why should we help someone who is repaying for his own sins? Shouldn’t he be allowed to suffer? To answer this, one has to understand that all our souls have our respective roles to play in the world drama and all of us could falter at some point or another. Because someone committed a wrong due to lack of strength in the past, we cannot taint our own account by being unkind to him/her. He is anyway repaying his account. Second, in this large global family, it is our natural duty to be good to other fellow human beings and living beings. So if I am carrying it out, I am only securing my own future by planting a good deed now. By doing so, I am not only creating harmony around but also inspiring others to do so. So let’s plant a seed of good deed today and lead the task of world transformation from Iron Age to Golden Age where there is lasting peace and joy.
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