This universe comprises of several galaxies of which our galaxy ‘Milky Way‘ is just one of them. ‘Milky Way’ is just one speck of dust in this universe. In this galaxy there are several solar systems of which our solar system is just one of them. Our solar system is just one speck of dust in this galaxy. Within this solar system, with the sun in the centre, and several celestial bodies and planets orbiting the sun, our planet earth is just a speck of dust. In this planet earth, with three-fourth water and billions of life forms, humanity, as a whole, is just a spec of dust. And in this human population of several billion people, you and I are mere specks of dust. Just close your eyes for a moment and visualise yourself in the midst of this macrocosm. How complex does it appear? Ego shattering, isn’t it? Yet, this microcosm’s hunger to comprehend the macrocosm has been insatiable. Every day this human intelligence makes another discovery; every day a new invention is born.
In everyday living, we find ourselves surrounded by so many fields of sciences and so many branches of knowledge. The deeper we dig, the greater we find the scopes of exploration. Life appears too mysterious. Can man ever demystify life’s mysteries? Can we ever attain the state of ‘all-knowing‘ about life?
Knowing falls under three categories: known, unknown and unknowable. While ‘known’ is what you already know, ‘unknown’ is what you can come to know. However, the ‘unknowable’ will always remain a mystery. Let us take apple for an example: ‘Known’ is the knowledge that it is an apple. ‘Unknown’ is that I do not know as to how many seeds are there inside that apple. However, by cutting the apple and counting the number of seeds the unknown will become known. Now, how many apples would come out of each of those seeds will always remain unknowable! That’s the mystery of this Universe.
No matter how much we already know, no matter how much more we will come to know, the unknowable mysteries of life will ever remain life’s secrets forever. That’s why there is an element of ignorance and innocence even in the most enlightened souls!
But, how much should I know about electricity and the functioning of electric bulb to bring light into the room? How much do I need to know about the mechanism of computer hardware and the logic used in developing the software for me to use the technology? How much do you need to know about the process of compilation, editing, designing, printing and despatching that goes into infinithoughts, for you to read and benefit from it? So how much do you need to know about this complex phenomenon called life for you to take charge of it? It just calls for a specific understanding to a specific design of life and your alignment to it will enable you to design your destiny.
Birth was not your choice and death will not be your choice but the way you live your life between these two terminals, the one which has already happened (birth) and the one which will happen (death), is absolutely your choice. Life is nothing more than a series of choices, resultant consequences, and executing counter-choices to those consequences… Life is keeping the ‘choice – consequence – counter-choice’ cycle on…
Every moment of life offers innumerable choices. With every choice executed, you invite a consequence. While you have control over your choices, you can only have expectations over the consequences.
All consequences can be classified into four possibilities:
- I will get more than what I expect (>)
- I will get what I expect (=)
- I will get less than what I expect (
- I will get the opposite of what I expect (x)
Whichever of the four consequences I receive, I still have the power to once again execute another counter-choice and keep this cycle of ‘choice – consequence – counter-choice’ going. Every time you have to execute a choice on any major aspect of life, play in your own mind the four possibilities, the best scenario, the worst scenario and the two in-between. Playing the four possibilities in your own mind will create a mental comfort zone and thus when reality the four possibilities in your mind will also help you to come out of your indecisiveness. Most people keep postponing the most important decisions of their lives due to the uncertainty of consequences. Even in the most uncertain circumstances, knowing that there are only four possibilities creates a lot of certainty.
You have a choice over your choice, but you are absolutely choiceless over the consequences. Neither can you choose which of the four you want nor there is a fifth possibility. Maturity is to gracefully and choicelessly accept the consequence and then go ahead executing the next counter-choice.
While choices are born out of your intelligence, the consequences are a feedback from Infinite Intelligence. Your microcosmic intelligence operates out of the data that is available at your disposal. The macrocosmic intelligence operates out of universal data. When the whole universe operates zero-defect because of Infinite Intelligence, the consequences you receive are as they should be in the larger scheme of things. To use your intelligence when it comes to executing choices and to surrender the same intelligence to the Infinite Intelligence in accepting the consequences is intelligent living.
So what if you and I are mere specks of dust in this Universe? There are still only four possible consequences to every choice and to that extent this design of life is very very simple. Do we need to know more than this to take charge of our life?
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Row, row, row your boat
Row your boat. Do not waste time rowing other’s boat and do not expect others to row your boat. To build your life you have to execute your choices and you cannot expect others to do it for you. Relentlessly choose from the infinite options life offers you in every moment. Rowing your boat is your responsibility.
Gently down the stream
Do not go against the stream of life (against the design of life). It is a worthless struggle. Remember, just four possibilities. If you ask for the fifth, you suffer. If you resist any of the four, you suffer. Have the maturity to choicelessly accept the consequences of life and then go ahead and execute the next counter-choice. To every intelligent choice of yours, the consequences are feedback from the Infinite Intelligence. The cycle of ‘choice – consequence – counter-choice’ will enable you to go with the flow of life.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…
Enjoy this flowing through life. So what if the water current is shifting the direction of the boat? Accept the consequence and execute counter choices. Enjoy this mysterious ‘choice – consequence – counter-choice’ cycle of life and sail through life merrily, merrily…
Life is but a dream.
Life is just a macrocosmic dream. Like the microcosmic dreams that you have in your sleep out of your finite intelligence, life is a macrocosmic dream born out the Infinite Intelligence. Surrender yourself to the flow of life and experience the experience of this experience.
Life is, as simple or as complex, as you make it. Anytime again, you find yourself lost in life, just whistle, “Row row row your boat…”
Written by: Mahatria Ra