The death of more than 100 devotees in the stampede at Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh makes me visualise God screaming and saying, “Don’t chase me, I’m within you. I reside in your heart. If you don’t look within and instead chase me as the deer runs into a mirage, only to be disillusioned, it is not my fault.”
God has a justified reason to scream because His very ‘darshan’ becomes the reason of deaths every now and then in our country. Surely, our heart will also bleed if somebody coming to meet us dies an unnatural death.
Even if your belief says that He is present in some special place, why chase when He can be reached leisurely. It is known that He is eternal and permanent, who was there before the creation of this universe and will remain even after destruction, then why should one rush to meet Him? The time, money and other resources we spend to reach Him on a particular day and time can be used for some other good cause, say for serving a needy in hospital. It is a pity that our self-serving religious gurus do not tell our innocent people that God loves those who love his fellow beings.
Why do we forget that all our enlightened sages and great souls found Him by looking within themselves? Mother Teresa has very beautifully said, “God is the friend of silence. See how nature, trees, flowers and grass grow in silence.” Our Vedas say, “Simple acts of pollination, flowering of buds and metamorphosis of larva into a splendid butterfly manifest His presence.”
Bhagavad Gita says the person who dwells within and is content within is indeed a yogi. The seeker who has turned inward finds greatest bliss in solitude. In such a state, he can uninterruptedly enjoy the bliss within. When a hooch tragedy occurs, the government tries to get to the bottom of the problem, but when tragedies happen at religious places, these are always attributed to inadequate arrangements on the part of the government.
There is no better service to the people than to dispel their ignorance and give them the right direction. God is eternal, so there is no need to chase Him. Instead, reach out to the deprived.
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