Bitterness affects the one who harbors it. One becomes indiscriminative as a result. A man without discrimination is like the soldier of modern warfare without a GPS or radar to guide his direction. What can be done when the very first step of Sadhana-Chatusthaya, ‘vivek’ or discrimination, is already amiss!
Forgiving all with a generous heart gives birth to unlimited peace and tranquility.
Trying to take revenge only perpetuates the disease. Can there be restfulness as a result? Can there be peace as a result? Can consciousness flow freely as a result? The wounded heart attracts itself to mere movement, which is also in the wrong direction, instead of freely expanding, as is the nature of Brahmam.
Being vengeful can only promote more violence, however subtle. It can have so many ways of displaying its ugly colour. It manifests as anger, irritability and unhappiness resulting in unsettled feelings. In turn, it leaves those persons who are cursed with limited vision with physical, mental and emotional bankruptcy, all of which arise from a vengeful attitude.
Contentment becomes nothing more than a mere idea. The vengeful heart rejects understanding, rejects any compromise for the sake of peace, rejects mental and emotional harmony, and prevents one from becoming spiritually prosperous, which, in turn, obstructs any further way to Realisation. How, then, can one ever dream of bliss or that which lies beyond?
Instead of judging persons 24/7 and piercing their hearts with unkind opinions and remarks, how wonderful it would be if the gentler mannerisms and kinder words would soothe the hearts of those individuals who earlier tried to wrong us! The true seekers in the field of spirituality, with their highly charged inner systems, have only to channelise their attention with a little care, by letting their inner beautiful conditions flow out unrestrained.
We are responsible for fostering the great prestige of the source we belong to. Can it be said that those who are busy criticising and judging others 24/7 are working for nature or for god? Are they godly agents? Whatever they are, they weave their own destiny, but let us take advantage of the favour bestowed upon us, which is our ability to learn from others’ mistakes.
Have we not known that god cannot be hoodwinked? Can we dream of the mutability of divine laws for our sake? Divine laws are immutable. Reactions of all types have their seeds lying buried within our deeper consciousness. When we have profound awareness of the law of karma, how can we hide, preserve, and protect the seeds of anger, passion and revenge in the fertile soil of our hearts, where the lord should have been the primary occupant and the owner of the temple we call ‘heart’?
Know well that pride, in its trail, gives birth to many ill traits, including anger, bitterness, revenge, sorrow, grief, loss of discrimination, prejudice and many such evils.
An ideal shishya’s life canvas is all about ‘living in divine consciousness’ through the art of constant remembrance, which emerges out of joyful meditations.
— Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He is a role model for students of spirituality who seek that perfect blend of eastern heart and western mind. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.