God isn’t the sole author of your destiny. You are the co-author of your destiny. Of all the creations, man alone has been designed to design his own life. God will not, without you. You cannot, without God. When it is God plus you, the possibilities are infinite. In collaboration with God, you have the power to design your own destiny. At birth, your life is a plain canvas. Your potential is the colours. Your choices are the strokes on the canvas. At death, this canvas will either be a treasured masterpiece or an unnoticed junk piece. And, that would be the judgement day, as to how good a painter you were in painting your life. When you keep evolving Higher in Maturity, Deeper in Spirituality, and go Beyond the limitations of your comfort zones, you paint the right strokes to make your painting called life, a treasured masterpiece.
Lead me Higher… You are given life, to add something to life. When you live your life with heightened awareness, you help humanity to gain a few years of maturity without them having to live those years. In effect, you fast forward humanity by a few years. As human, you are an evolving consciousness. You are continuously evolving. In each new moment, you are different from what you were the previous moment. Your earlier self is continuously getting out-dated. In every moment, life is presenting a new version of you. And, through the evolution of every man, collectively, humanity evolves. You have to keep climbing to the higher branches of maturity. With every higher branch you climb, you have a broader view of life.
What made you weep a year ago, if it still makes you weep, then you are not learning from your experiences. Then, you are not growing. You are not scaling to the higher branches of maturity. You are stagnating on the same branch. If what disturbed you a year ago still disturbs you, then you have just aged by one more year. If you did grow higher in maturity, then you will have a more objective view of those experiences that disturbed you in the past.
It has taken thousands of years to evolve the modern way of looking at life. History is not just about dates. History shows the evolution of thought… the evolution of human thinking. Both as an individual and humanity as a whole, we are an evolving species… an evolving consciousness. Many of your predecessors played their part in the evolution of human consciousness, and you are enjoying the benefit of it. What part are you going to play in this journey of the evolution of human consciousness? The rise and fall of every human being has its effect on the overall human consciousness. Every human being has this awesome responsibility of growing up to live life from a higher pedestal… from a higher branch of consciousness and this will be your contribution to the ever-evolving human consciousness. Every lesson learnt, every mistake committed, every error corrected, every discovery, every invention, every insight, every idea, every revelation, every talent unfolded, every limit redefined, every thought released, every vibration experienced… by every individual, paints yet another stroke in the evolution of human consciousness. Play your part. Pray, “Lead me higher (in maturity)…”
Lead me Deeper… The strength of the tree depends on the depth of the roots. Similarly, to evolve Higher in maturity, you need to grow Deeper in faith. Above all other factors, spiritual growth is growing deeper and deeper in faith. All the components of spiritual development gain meaning and significance only on the pedestal of faith. Faith is the ability to trust what you are not able to see, the ability to believe what is not yet, the ability to ‘accept as true’ that, which cannot be proven. Faith is not subject to verification. And if you want to verify, then it is not faith. Faith is beyond human judgement. Yet, faith works; faith alone works. If great souls like Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavira, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, APJ Abdul Kalam, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, etc., had faith in faith, then there must be some substance in faith. After all, it is an illustrious list of the greatest of thinkers. The United States of America, arguably one of the most scientifically advanced nations, has this inscription on its coins: ‘In God we Trust’. Faith is not anti-science; it is just beyond the comprehension of science. Perhaps a day will come when science may be able to explain faith. Faith is like electricity — you can’t see it, but you can see light. Faith may be beyond our comprehension, but the results of faith are there for all of us to see. Faith transforms an ordinary vibration of thought created by the finite mind of man into a spiritual equivalent. Faith is the only gate through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used by man.
Like ideas which are more powerful than the mind that gave birth to them – for ideas have the power to live on much after the mind that created them has turned to dust – faith too is more potent than the ‘object’ on which the faith is directed. It is not the ‘object of faith’, but ‘faith’ that creates miracles. The object of faith is just incidental. It was ‘Abba’ to Jesus; it was ‘Jesus’ to Mother Teresa; it was ‘Krishna’ to Draupadi; it was ‘Allah’ to Prophet; it was ‘Drona’ to Ekalavya; it was ‘Ram’ to Hanuman, and it is ‘Hanuman’ to many of his devotees. Yet, all of them have experienced the miraculous power of faith in their lives, which confirms that it is not the ‘object of faith’ but ‘faith’ that creates miracles. The power of the object of your faith is derived from the power of your faith in the object. So, the question isn’t, “How powerful your ‘god’ is?” The question is, “How powerful your ‘faith’ is?” Grow deeper and deeper in faith, and you will reach higher and higher in life. Pray, “Lead me deeper (in faith)…”
Lead me Beyond… Even God cannot give you beyond your beliefs. Rain can only fill the size of the vessel. Life can reward you only to the extent of your beliefs. Unless your beliefs expand, your life cannot expand. There are no limits except those you acknowledge. Expand yourbeliefs. Break your comfort zones. Dare to dream beyond what you thought was possible. Life itself isn’t secure. Then, where is the question of security within life? In searching for security, don’t get transfixed to your comfort zones. Your comfort zones become your prison, a prison within which your potential stays locked up. There is no inferiority about the man that Existence made. The only inferiority is what you have put yourself into by staying transfixed to your comfort levels. Look Beyond… Seek Beyond… Desire Beyond… Go Beyond… The horizons are awaiting you… It is astonishing as to how the world makes way for a resolute soul and how obstacles get out of the path of a determined man who believes in himself. Transcendence is like taking the lantern in the hand knowing that you will always have enough light for your next step, no matter how dark, for the light will move along with you. One step is enough and then another step and then another… Go Beyond yourself and discover the bounties of abundance life holds… The next rung of the ladder is always an unknown factor. Throw yourself into the unknown. Do what you have never done before. Do what you never thought you can. Make a rebellious move. Take a daring plunge. Make the transcendental leap. Transcendence is sacred, for it is in transcendence that life reveals the higher glories of man. The journey may not be easy, but the destination will be worth it. You can go through anything in life, if you can become what you can become. Pray, “Lead me Beyond (my comfort zones) …”
Design your Destiny… It is not without a reason, you were designed to design your own destiny. Take charge. Take control. The past has led you to this point. Now, let the future lead you from here on. Evolve Higher. Grow Deeper. Go Beyond. Can you hear the call of life? It is inviting you, “Come…”
Written by: Mahatria Ra
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