Friday, January 22, 2016

The change is inevitable

There is nothing more certain than the fact that the world continuously keeps on changing. It always has and always will. The ‘world’, in Sanskrit, is known as ‘Jagat’, which literally means ‘constantly-changing’.
We cannot stop it from changing. We cannot alter the changes. All we can do is ‘accept the change’. Accepting, and not resisting this fundamental principle of the world is the key to peace and happiness.

Since beginning, philosophers from all over the world have tried to explain this fact in their own different ways. Such as:
1.   Everything is in God’s hands. Accept His will.
2.   Everything happens according to one’s own ‘Karma’. Accept the outcome of your Karma and move on.
3.   Everything happens for ‘good’. Accept the change and hope for something better.
4.   Be positive and accept the change because the positive attitude will bring better results.
5.    Some believe in some kind of a ‘higher-power’ that controls the world and our lives and others think that everything happens in an order and randomly as well. Since we cannot control everything, we might as well accept it. Since we cannot stop it if there is going to be a snow storm, then what is the point in complaining about it.

No matter how we perceive it, the bottom line is ‘acceptance’.

But, if nothing is in our control, then does it mean that we should not do anything; just sit and watch, and wait to see what happens? Then what is the role of our own free will?

I think, just as the Bhagvad Gita says, doing the best we can; to the best of our abilities, and accepting the outcome, and knowing what we can and cannot do, are the most important factors for living a peaceful and happy life.

“O’ God, grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference”

    ‘Rajan Sachdeva’

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