Consider Some Vital Questions
At some time in our lives, we probably ask: "Where have I come from? Where am I going?" Sometimes, too, if we have suffered much, we will also ask: "Is life mere chance? Does justice rule the world? Does God exist?"
The great religions provide answers to these questions; some answers are also provided by modern scientific theories. But not all of us find these answers completely satisfactory. If the answers satisfy the intellect, they often fail to satisfy the heart. Where the answers satisfy the heart, the mind often remains unconvinced. Thus it happens that, in spite of the solutions offered by religion, philosophy or science, there are people who are seeking for a more logical and more inspiring solution. .
The first great truth is that the universe is not just a place where nature's forces operate by chance. Every event that has happened from the beginning of time has happened according to certain laws inherent in the universe. These laws are the expressions of Universal Consciousness. Everything that exists, from the electron to the largest star, is impregnated with Consciousness.
This fundamental Reality is so beyond our grasp that sages and saints have called it by a variety of terms. Many have termed it God"; some have called it "Law", and others, the "great Architect" or "Evolution". Each of us according to our temperament and experience, must determine how we will regard this Consciousness which directs everything. For convenience, let us call it God.
The next great truth is that the nature of God, or that fundamental Reality, resides in every person. We are not these bodies which perish; they are only garments which we wear for a while and cast aside. We are immortal souls. The perfection of God dwells in us also, for we "live and move and have our being" in God. But we are unconscious of our divine nature until we awaken it.
Our destiny from birth is to realise our true nature. Our birth is like the entrance into a workshop or laboratory, where by work and experience, we slowly unfold our facilities. But it is not possible to realise the divine nature in us by the experiences of one lifetime. So we incarnate again and again. We enter into life, we are born, we act, we finish our work and we return. The return is called death. After a rest during which we grow by realising the joys we planned but did not achieve, we return to birth again, more purified, stronger, wiser, to work once more, so as to become more expert in thought, feeling and action. This is the cycle known as reincarnation.
As we live and act, sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. We do good and we do evil, guided by our altruism or our selfishness. When we do evil, we create discord in the universal harmony, and we must restore that harmony. The evil we have done must be undone by good actions; the good we have done must be reshaped to a more far-reaching good. This process of sowing and reaping, of cause and effect, is called karma. It is the law or readjustment which we activate by every one of our thoughts, words and deeds.
Since all souls are divine, all souls are equal. There are young souls and old souls, but all are brothers and sisters. In spite of every difference - of birth, capacity, environment; of race, creed, sex, caste or colour; of goodness or wickedness - all men and women form an indivisible family. All of us, high or low, ignorant or wise, make a chain, and the stronger grow by helping the weaker. "family" is the universal law of growth.
This "family" extends to all - men and women, animals, birds, fishes, plants, mountains and seas. We grow by our unity with all things. The divine nature, which is latent in everything as in us, helps our inherent divinity to step forth in its beauty.
There are two eternal mysteries: The mystery of God and the mystery of Humanity. All that we postulate concerning God of goodness, holiness, truth and beauty resides in us. Religion, philosophy, science, the arts, commerce, industry and philanthropy are channels along which the divine nature descends to reveal its beauty. Our human nature ascends to divinity by growing in the virtues and capacities, associated with these varied modes of activity.
The wisdom of God or divine wisdom concerns all the modes of action of the Divine or Universal Mind. The questions we have always asked have found some satisfying answers in an understanding of "God's Plan which is Evolution." This understanding is the heritage of every soul. But we will possess it only as we each learn to be compassionate to all that lives, for "Loving action is the divine wisdom at work and those who act lovingly will inevitably come to the wisdom."