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Written with divine inspiration by ChandraShekhar Karwa

SYNOPSIS: When we think of GOD the onus of securing our welfare is undertaken by GOD. Therefore, in times of distress, we must always think about GOD. READ FULL ARTICLE BELOW -

The cogitation of GOD is our job and securing our welfare is the job of GOD. In our distress, we should meditate on GOD and let GOD handle our distress. But we get involved in our distress due to which we leave the cogitation of GOD.

GOD says that first try to secure your own welfare by yourself. But the fact is we cannot secure our welfare by ourself, it can only be secured with cogitation of GOD. There are two lively examples of it. First is that of Sri Gajendra ji and second is that of Bhagwati Draupdi ji.

When Sri Gajendraji (elephant) was caught by Grah (Crocodile) he thought about the distress. He did not think of GOD. He firstly applied his force, then he applied his brain, then his family’s strength and wisdom was applied but he got more and more trapped. Then visualizing his death he remembered GOD. Just when he thought of GOD and spelled the auspicious name of the Almighty, GOD came and killed the crocodile and ended his distress before the pronunciation of GOD’s name was completed.

The cogitation of GOD is only possible when our mind is freed from our own anxiety. Because our anxiety and cogitation of GOD do not go together. If we have to remember GOD we have to leave remembering about our anxiety. Once we think of GOD the responsibility of thinking about our welfare rest on GOD. Then our anxiety is not ours, but it becomes the subject of GOD and GOD becomes responsible for its remedy.

The second example is that of Bhagwati Draupdi ji. Bhagwati Draupdi ji also thought about herself in distress in the assembly where she was brought to be undressed publicly. She thought that her five husbands, father-in-law and the teacher would care for her and will save her from the distress. Therefore, she did not think of GOD, but when she was about to encounter shame she thought about GOD. The moment she thought of GOD, the Almighty came immediately and ended her distress.

Both examples endorse two principles. The first principle is that if we think about our distress, our distress will increase and it will not find a remedy. The second principle is that if we think of GOD, then our distress will ease off and at last it will be nullified.

The principle is clear that the moment cogitation of GOD starts our anxiety starts easing up. As cogitation and devotion get combined, the strength and vigor of anxiety eases up.

Our anxiety and cogitation of GOD has opposite relation. The more the remembrances of GOD the less is our anxiety. The less the remembrance of GOD the more will be the power of anxiety.

Therefore the important principle is that we must save ourselves from involvement in our anxiety because it is not fruitful. We must remember GOD so that the responsibility of our anxiety rests with GOD. GOD fulfills His responsibility every time.

Sri Gajendra ji and Bhagwati Draupdi ji both remembered GOD as their last resort. Sri Gajendra ji remembered GOD when he was almost drowned. Bhagwati Draupdi ji remembered GOD when she was about to leave her hold on saree (an Indian dress for women). Remembering / thinking about GOD even at the eleventh hour ended their distress immediately.

In the battle of Mahabharat (An Indian epic) there comes an event. Sri Arjun ji took a bow that before sunset he will kill Jaidrath or else he will succumb himself to fire. Remembering GOD he peacefully slept at night, but GOD was anxious for his devotee’s welfare and called his charioteer in the night. GOD told his charioteer that in the next day’s battle, he should keep GOD’s chariot in invisible form with Arjun ji’s chariot. If by sunset Arjun ji is not able to kill Jaidrath GOD himself will shelve His vow of not fighting the battle and will sit in His chariot and kill Jaidrath and thus save Arjun ji from succumbing to fire. After explaining the plan to his charioteer and after bidding him good bye GOD waked up the sleeping Arjun ji and asked him how he could sleep in such a distressful situation. The reply of Arjun ji was very touching. Arjun ji gave a smile and said that he was remembering GOD and therefore he was able to sleep peacefully because the onus of his welfare now rests with GOD.

Taking inspiration from these three examples, whosoever starts remembering GOD since beginning their distress is nullified in the beginning itself. Their miseries never give them discomfort.

If we see the lives of saints and devotees, we will see one principle very clearly. They have remembered GOD in their entire life and in the entire life GOD had looked after their welfare.

English Translation vetted by Sheelnidhi Gupta

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