For the past few mornings, I have written a post on my electronic journal on Dreamwidth which I title “Introspection and Inspiration”. An exchange I had in one of my online spaces reminded me of something I shared on DW the other day, and I thought I would share it with you as well.
It’s centered around an entry (July 7th) from The Golden Present by Sri Swami Satchidananda…
You Should Be Happy About That
If everything comes from outside — money, friends, family, name, fame — were going to make you happy, there wouldn’t be any need for churches, synagogues, spiritual centers or religions. Nobody would need to read the Bible. Why? You would be happy with your money, you would be happy with your friends. Why would you need anything else? Therefore, all these things should make you unhappy. I’m sorry, it’s a little hardhearted to say this. Everything must ultimately cheat you and deceive you, and hit you so hard that you turn back to God. And that’s what will happen to a sincere seeker. That’s God’s will.
In a way, when people are not ready to realize God, they will even be tempted to go out and chase things. And they will be given that piecemeal happiness here and there. When people find real pleasure in a world outside, it shows that God is not in a hurry to get them. It’s true.
If God is in a hurry to get you, God will make you displeased with everything outside very soon. If you look at the life history of the saints, you will find that the minute they became God-conscious they got into all kinds of problems, suffering after suffering, suffering after suffering. Why? God says, “Ah, you wanted Me, you should come quickly to Me, so I will make everybody hit you so that you come to Me soon.” So don’t feel bad if that happens to you. You should be happy about that.
I don’t know what eventually brought you consciously onto the path of your own Spiritual Journey, but I remember what brought me to mine.
At the time, I was away from extended family, my husband was deployed to Bosnia (back when cell phones and teleconferencing were still in their infancy), and parenting two small kiddos by myself. ME! A grown, only child from a rather dysfunctional family. I had some friends, but no one that — at the time — I trusted enough to really confide in.
I truly felt alone.
The above quote really puts into perspective the “process” that seemingly occurs to bring us back to the Divine/ God/Spirit/Source/Universe (whichever name most resonates with you), back to ourSelves.
Was the quote from Sri Swami Satchidananda reflected in your own life when you were brought back to the Divine, to yourSelf? Did it differ?
If so, I would love for you to share your perspective in the comments below.
Until next time, dear friend, take care, be well, and I do hope our paths cross again soon!