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Sunday, October 19, 2014

In the order of the Master Plan, you will find peace

Don't try to disturb or change what Life has provided for you. And that may include how things turn out or how some people you know are behaving with you.

There’s nothing wrong with the ways events have happened, or are happening, or the way people are or even the way you are. Everything is just the way Life has ordered (some people will like to believe it as ordained) it to be. There’s a natural order to the Universe. To the way people, situations, events and even objects are placed. Each of these arrangements is perfect in their own way. To grieve about why things, events or people are the way they are is a sign of lack of understanding of Life!

Yesterday, an event that the Odyssey bookstore had organized for us – for my Book, “Fall Like A Rose Petal – A father’s lessons on how to be happy and content while living without money” (Westland, August 2014), was completely rained out. The organizers expected 100 people. But only less than 20 managed to brave the inclement weather. I was not disheartened though. And I encouraged the organizers too to take it easy. I said, “Everything is the way it should be. When you expect things to be any different from what they are, you invite agony into your Life.”

So, if you seek peace and happiness, just accept what is and you will never have a problem. I am reminded of a Zen story. A very wealthy man asked a Zen Master for a text which would always remind him how happy he was with his family. The Zen Master took some parchment and, in beautiful calligraphy, wrote: “The father dies. The son dies. The grandson dies.” “What?” exclaimed the rich man, furiously. “I asked you for something to inspire me, some teaching which might be respectfully contemplated by future generations, and you give me something as depressing and gloomy as these words?” he thundered. “You asked me for something which would remind you of the happiness of living together with your family. If your son dies first, everyone will be devastated by the pain. If your grandson dies, it would be an unbearable experience. However, if your family disappears in the order in which I have suggested they do, this is the natural course of Life. Thus, although you will have to face moments of pain, with each departure, the generations will continue, and your legacy will be long-lasting," explained the wise Master.

So, the Master Plan of your Life__and mine__is beautifully crafted, engineered, if you like, to ensure that we live, learn and leave in peace. Only when we wish that the cosmic design, the Master Plan, be different than what it is now, do we suffer. So, let everything __ people, events, situations __ just be. In the order of the Master Plan, that has no flaws, you will find peace. 

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