Friday, 18 October 2013

The 'PECULIAR' Life

I once read  a saying that went like this:
A DEVOTEE is different, because he/she is one of God's 'PECULIAR PEOPLE'
Truly, in the pragmatic world, a 'devotee' stands out as a misfit. They seem to function in incomprehensible ways, with motives that seem suspicious, if not 'peculiar', yes there is that word again ! How do they at all live, wonders the pragmatist. Well, here is a clue to their underlying life dictum:

Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill to protect the Gopas/Gopikas and cows of Vrindavan, from Indra's wrath in the form of torrential rain


Just think about it. See if you have any of these characteristics, doesn't matter which religion you belong to or which God you adore. There are certain qualities common to all devotees (I mean the true ones, not the showy kind). Here is a checklist:
1. The devotee is 'in love' with GOD (abstract Entity with many names and forms). Everyone else, including parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends and authority figures (!!!) come second in their list; the resulting scenarios can be imagined
2. He/she will do anything if they feel it is their God's (or Guru's) command or God's work; the same interest is not seen in other matters, they may even appear lazy or irresponsible (w.r.t. social obligations)
3. They will light up in the company of other 'devotees' (i.e. other peculiar people of their brand) as though they are meeting with long-lost twins (popular story-line in Hindi films); at other times, they have a dull or even morose disposition ! A personality disorder not yet understood or recognized in psychiatry
4. They work by intuition, some 'inner calling, etc ; unnecessary risk-takers; but eventually it all fits together. Hence sometimes accused of withholding key information by rivals; actually they themselves are in the dark, till their GOD comes to their rescue, usually in the very last minute ! He usually does (come to their rescue, that is !)
5. Seem indecisive, impractical sometimes. But finally they turn out the 'winner'!!!!! 

So what do you say? How many of these 'symptoms' do you have ?! How far advanced is your disease? There is no known cure: but consultations with the Divine Physician are free and not bound by time or place. HE is always 'ON CALL'
And what is the name of this incurable disease? It is called 'Divine Discontent". Till you return to the Source from where you have come, this discontent will gnaw away at you, no matter what you may try to fill it with. Why? The answer is: 

Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher,who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution.

 










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