Our life is under continuous development. Compared to today we were behind yesterday, and tomorrow we shall be ahead of today. Even if this is true, if we don’t do today what we are expected to do, we may slide backwards tomorrow. Our next life is the result of the present one. So if we are good today, our next birth may be good, according to the saying, ‘the last dominant desire at death determines the next birth.’
Time has three dimensions; past, present and future. The past, which is already gone, will never return; you should never worry about it. When some one loses a near relative, we console him by saying, ‘whatever has happened is a thing of past; what can you do? What is the use of grieving over it?’ You should yourself follow your own advice; by conscious deliberation, you can forget past events. Similarly, you should not worry about the future, which is unknown. After doing today’s duty, you should remain composed, remembering that,’ whatever has to happen will happen’. Don’t grieve over the past and don’t worry about the future. At present, we cannot transcend time; and without transcending time, we can never attain God. Incidents are continuously unfolding in the world, and our anguish is ever there! This anguish is due to our shortcomings and incompleteness.
God is very happy when a human being is born, because He desires every one to know the Ultimate Reality, and this is possible only in human life. Everyone should remember that it is possible for him to comprehend God. For this, our mind should develop the feeling, desire, urge, anguish for God. What is the use of very good cooking, if you forget to put in salt? If you continue to feel or maintain an attitude of your separate identity, how can you claim to be a good devotee? There are nine ways of devotion. If you follow anyone of them single-mindedly, the remaining eight get automatically included. That alone is true listening where, whatever is understood during listening, is brought into practice in day-to-day life. That alone can be called true vedanta, which gets assimilated in our nature and is practised in everyday conduct, and it is the real essence of vedanta, to do our duty with remembrance of God throughout.
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