Why do people suffer despite their good deeds in life?
The present life is the continuation of past life and the preparation for the next life. Always remember this. We see many people around us who don’t work hard or take any effort towards changing their life. They seem to be very happy enjoying a lot of wealth. It’s a fact. How is this possible? This is where karma plays a major role. Some people are born with poverty while others with a lot of riches. There are people who are blessed with richness more than you imagine. But that doesn’t mean they are going to be happy forever. Whether you are born with poverty or richness, you need to realise that you have the power to overcome any given situation.
It’s high time you realise that nobody is going to take responsibility for your life other than you. Once you understand this point, make an effort to see what all changes you can bring about in your life. Here I am referring to your own life, not the world. Just think about your own personal life, your professional life, and your family and wealth creation. Many people focus on the profession, but not on wealth creation. Wealth creation is entirely different. As an individual, are you at least clear with the changes you want to see in your life? Once you are clear with this, then comes meditation.
Before you get into action, you will start seeing what you want to see in meditation. This is the magic of meditation. I am not even asking you to meditate to feel God and accept God. Whether you want it or not, God is within you all the time. If you are alive, it means you are with God always. This doesn’t mean you will automatically get everything from God. It is your duty to make use of God energy through your own self-effort. But all the power you receive from meditation is of no use if you don’t have a direction in life. Therefore you should see the changes you want in life as your vision. So before you get into action, do meditation. What will happen when you do this? It’s very simple. When do you feel stressed out? When you are not able to do what you want to do or what you want becomes impossible. There is always a gap between ‘what you want’ and ‘what you want to be’ or ‘ where you are’ and ‘where you want to be’. You need to understand a simple formula to bridge this gap. Create what you want within you (before the action) to get what you want outside of you. Now the obstacles in your life are removed without your knowledge. This is the role of meditation. If you don’t do this, it doesn’t mean you will suffer all the time, but you will also suffer. Why? Your life is already pre-written. It’s a fact but with clear vision and having the ability to see that in meditation, your life can be rewritten. Take a decision and get into action. Think for yourself. If you fail to do so, your life will be controlled by seven things:
- Your past reference or some reference of your own self which has been induced on you.
- Your own belief system and perception about people and the world.
- Others’ opinion about you
- Your own opinion about your own self.
Change your karma to change your life
It is important to know that knowledge, to some extent can help you with the first 4 points but when it comes to the last three, karma plays a major role. These 3 cannot be changed without working on your karma or without changing your karma. And you can never change your karma without experiencing oneness with the divine consciousness through your personal physical consciousness. This is called meditation — Atma-Dhyana. This is a very simple process. You don’t need to be a God, you just need to be a human till you die and experience what you want to have. Then you will love every moment with full joy and happiness. Happiness is given only to humans, not for animals or trees. As humans we know what happiness is and we also know what unhappiness is. It’s time for you to decide but don’t try to control your life. It’s not possible. Instead try to design your life. This is where meditation helps you. The above mentioned seven areas will control you but once you start meditating and clearly see what you want to see as your outcome, you will have ultimate control over your life, and life will never control you. To conclude, once you find oneness within your own self, you are not only connecting with the invisible power but connecting with infinite intelligence and limitless possibilities. What happens will happen to everyone but what happens to you is decided only by you. For this reason, start meditating. Get into the action, fear nothing, you have all the powers. Once you realise this, the entire universe has to make way for you, nothing can block your way. And you will rise and shine in every aspect of life.
— Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary Spiritual Master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation) www.atmayoga.in