A middle class woman, Leela, who was agnostic for most of her life was surprised by the “miracle” that happened in the life of her friend Reema, a religious person. Reema was suffering from advanced throat cancer and got cured from her disease. Doctors, who have informed Reema’s son that her cancer metastasized and beyond cure, were shocked seeing she get cured miraculously. It was the talk of the town and her congregation. Reema, told everyone how she sat the whole night in prayer and she was healthy next morning. Lily could not understand how this could happen. Seeing this firsthand, Lily, became a believer. She started visiting the congregation regularly and was reading the scriptures every night before going to bed.
She was feeling very happy to have made this choice. One day during fall, Lily fell sick. She was very tired but still told her prayers. Lily did not go to the doctors as she should normally do. Second day she became more sick. “God will cure it” she said to herself and was expecting a miracle. Third day was even worse, she was running a temperature of 102 deg F. “God will lower the temperature”. On the fourth day, Leela could not get up from her bed “God will give me strength to walk”. On the fifth day, Leela gave up and went to the doctor with the help of Reema. Doctor gave antibiotics for the flu and suggested complete rest. She got cured but all this while she was thinking – “why did God not sure me? Did I not pray enough?”
The next time Leela went to the congregation, she confronted the priest. ” Why did God not cure me from Flu same as Reema’s cancer? I too prayed the whole night. I have been a good believer.” Priest was taken aback by this sudden challenge. He gained his senses back and told her in a soft voice “Reema’s cancer is internal, so God cured it. Flu is caused by bacteria and virus. Its outside God’s realm. Bacteria and virus do not believe in the same God as us”!
Sadhguru: “Everything in Life is a Miracle”.
John Allen Chau, with an intention to take word of God to North Sentinelese island, home to Sentinelese who, often violently, reject any contact with the outside world, and are among the last uncontacted people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. He was killed by an arrow possibly on Nov 17. John broke the rules by bribing the fishermen to take him to the island which is off-limits to outside people by Indian law.
His death raises a few questions in me. After all, John was not seeking any adventure. He was spreading God’s word but God has deserted him. Does this mean God was not on the side of John? Did God switch sides for this time? Or did God lose to godless Sentinelese? Or the God’s words that John carried were truely not God’s words.
This creation of God is so diverse and it is foolish to think people with diverse cultures, beliefs, appearances, customs are not his creation. Every human being on this planet share the same earth, water, air. They are born and dead as all creatures.
The experience of life by an individual is inside him/her and very personal. The Sun, Moon, Earth, water and Sky are same for everyone but we experience them through your senses. Similarly, God may be one for all, but the experience of God, interaction with God are very personal. We may call him with same name as others or with a different name, we have a shape for him/her or is formless, our method of invoking God is same as others or different but God is very personal. Striving to reach God is individual. No one can take you there, except you. You can take help of an experienced person but you have to make the journey.
The first step to God is respecting other’s choice of path to God. Our path may be the shortest, but may not suit others. They may want to take a longer, less risky path. If we are in harmony with everyone and everything around us, that is first step to Heaven!
May John’s soul rest in Peace!
“There is a invisible force behind the universe” say all the wise men who tried to find GOD.
Gauthama Buddha recieved enlightment under a Bodhi tree in Gaya. After enlightenment what he taught was how to understand the true nature of phenomena, end suffering, and achieve nirvana. What he did not preach or say is who and what is God.
Meanwhile a group of people found a huge stone which has infinite sides. It appeared differently from each side. Each of them looked at different facades of this stone and decided they have found God and set out to their lands to propogate what they have seen and understood. What they did not do is go around the stone and look at its other sides. After they got the acceptance from their people, they were overwhelmed by the reverance and the power of belief. Pampered by this new found power of following, they set out for new lands to expand their theological empires. These group of people fought each other and are still fighting wars for supremacy over each other.
Only the wise can see and understand the true nature of this stone. There is also a popular saying that if you cant see directly at the Sun for a few seconds, how can you be able to look at God directly. There is a portion of God in every living thing. Serving them is serving God.