When time becomes unfavorable, don’t become unfavorable to the Lord beyond time
We all go through phases in our life when many things go wrong. While going through such bad times, if we let our attitude go bad, we just make things worse.
A particularly bad attitude is to blame God for inflicting those bad things upon us. Such an attitude cuts off our access to the resource we need the most amidst tough times: God. Gita wisdom asserts that he is not the cause of our distresses; he is the cure.
Why distresses befall us is a question with no easy answers. Using our intelligence, if we can find some reasonable, actionable answers, that’s helpful. But if no satisfactory answers are forthcoming, what can we do? The only healthy course of action left with us is to accept those bad times as something we need to go through; though their specific reason remains unknown, they are meant ultimately for our growth.
Such acceptance becomes easier when we focus on the ultimate transcendence. Though God exists beyond time, he stays with us through all times: good and bad. As the indwelling Supersoul, he is always guiding our life-journey (18.61). We just need to surrender to him wholeheartedly (18.62). If we strive to surrender, we start breaking the inner negativity that keeps us distanced from him. The more we connect with him, the more a sublime sense of peace, power and purpose permeates our being. And we start taking small positive steps according to our capacity, while leaving the rest in Krishna’s hands. Because everything in the world ends, those bad times too will end. But going through them will have made us spiritually stronger, wiser and purer.
By thus connecting with the Lord beyond time, we can navigate through bad times, till we attain a level of consciousness and ultimately a level of reality that is beyond all bad times.
Think it over:
- Why is becoming unfavorable to God disempowering?
- How can connecting with God help us amidst bad times?
- Has connecting with God helped you or anyone you know to weather bad times?
18.62 O scion of Bharata, surrender unto Him utterly. By His grace you will attain transcendental peace and the supreme and eternal abode.
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