Achieving that inner peace
In times of extreme tribulation we receive divine help in mysterious ways.india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:11 IST
At times life can be very difficult. Having worked as police officer for 12 years, in 1999 I suddenly found myself in an extremely trying situation. Some adverse media reports, enquiries, court cases, supercession and many other things: the agony seemed endless for me and my family.
I had heard that in times of extreme tribulation we receive divine help in mysterious ways. In the wilderness that was my life then, I took up the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi.
His references to the Bhagavad Gita made me involuntarily turn to the sacred scripture. Sometime in the year 2000, a senior recommended a particular edition of the Gita that suited my requirements and my unending love for the sacred song of 700 verses began.
Initially it was just a diversion to find meaning in life. A threeyear posting to one of the North-eastern states with lots of spare time made me immerse myself in this source of eternal wisdom and joy. Soon it became an obsession. Not only did I try to understand its meaning and absorb its wisdom, I began memorising its verses. The beauty of its poetry and its teachings changed my entire perspective on life.
Soon there was an inner peace that I had never known before. There was an abiding realisation that my previous 37 years of life had been wasted on trivialities.
The Gita gave a new meaning to the aim of life, the nature of actions, the way to do things and so much more. I now thank the difficult times, which resulted in this awareness. One unexpected side-benefit was good health. A couple of months ago when my department sent forty-plus officers for a routine health check to a premier Delhi institute, the consultant was surprised by my test results and fit state. I sensed his unspoken curiosity. And I wanted to tell everyone.