In the human life hope is the beacon. It works as vitality and it helps as viaticum. With the help of the small cord of hope man can take up Herculean tasks. For performing all the duties in the world he has only one support, and that is from hope. The day man will ignore the importance of hope, his fall will begin inevitably.
Hope works as a cord. It inspires the vital power. During the moments of hopelessness it emmits, like a lighthouse, the rays of light which enlighten our darkend path. It continues with the inspiration to perform our duties with pleasant emotions. Hope challenges us to fight war with hopelessness. It verifies the presence of God in our body. in our mind. It strenghtens the idea that we have God with us to help. It gives full faith in God. It keeps the faith always alert.
I have lost everything. This time my business has brought so big a loss that all my capital is gone. Now, I cannot show my face to anybody. I am in debt. How shall I be able to make it up? What shall I do, how shall I do?
I have lost my service. How shall my family be maintained? How shall the education of my children be complete? How shall they be brought up? How shall my wife’s medical treatment be maintained? I do not know if I will get another service? Getting that I do not know the amount I will get as my salary, will suffice to maintain my family?
The result is out. I am not successful. Shall I be able to continue with my studies? Maybe I am destined to fail all the time. Shall I be able to get higher education any time? I do not have the capacity needed for studies. I might remain uneducated.
‘My beloved has left me. Will there be a next meeting with her? Has someone misrepresented me before her? Is it not possible that she has met any rich man? Maybe, she is a whore! Maybe, her own character is bad.
I have been removed from the position I held in this institution. Has someone made a false complaint against me? There is no better worker in this institute. I do not know what its lot is. Will this institute be able to run or not? All those with the institute are not its well-wishers. How shall the institute run without me.
My son now wants a separation from me. He sees some defect in my nature. Maybe he has stolen some shares from my property to make some arrangement. He seems to have gone a misconduct also.
All the above examples have no trace of hope. Each one of them is full of the emotion of hopelessness and negative thinking and fault-finding, no trace of hope anywhere. This way of thinking always brings difficulties in life, while optimistic way brings patience.
A Seth came back after his tour which lasted for many years. He entered the house at night. He saw his wife sleeping with a young man. He was angry. He took up sword. The tip of the sword hit a picture which had a sentence written on it. Do no work in hurry.”
The Seth stopped. He sheathed the sword and waked his wife up. She bowed to him and wished. The Seth asked. “Who Is this young man?
This is your son who has grown young by this time.’ She answered. The Seth was pacified. Had he not shown patience. something very unfortunate would have happened.
Hope is automatically joined by graceful behaviour. which, when appeares, destroys the feeling of enmity. Enmity to anybody is the worst possible feeling. Here is a narrative from the Mahabharata.
There was a sparrow living in a king’s palace. It was named. Pujana. It was an extraordinary bird. The king also liked it. The queen and the sparrow had delivery the same day. Both the young ones were brought up with the same care.
The sparrow used to bring two extraordinary fruits from the jungle, one for the prince and another for its own young one. Both were growing up.
One day in a fun the prince twisted the throat of the young sparrow and it died. The sparrow, came back with the fruits, found its young one died. Angry and full of the emotion of revenge, it hurt with its beak both the eyes of the prince. The child started crying, and the king and queen ran to him.
Pujana told. ‘O king, your child has killed my young one and I have destroyed the eyes of your child. Now I am going, I will not stay here any more.
“The king told. You have done what you could have done in revenge. Now forget the incident and keep on staying here itself.
The sparrow told. The feeling of crime will not be removed from my mind, hence I will not be able to stay
here any more. I will have to leave.’
The links of enmity are endless. These never come to an end. These have to be ended with the new tinge of inspiration. The new music of life has to be searched out of that very new inspiration.
‘Sunk in sleep they were walked up by the sun. The ray opened its eyes and embraced again and again.”
How beautiful are these lines:
O unfortunate, what is this, you are raising your hands?
Just let your step move on.
to provide shadow no cloud
is to come from the heaven.
By chance, it may so happen
. an oasis is found not all the days,
but the thirst is quenched
by sweat in the deserts
Just move onwards, what hope is there
to make you waste your time?70
Mahadeviji has written:
The vitality asked, where the distance in between is,
when had the foot minded the thorns?
When I was driven by that deluding tide of breathing, just in a fun I got the universal destruction
by leaving free my boat in the middle of current.’71
Life has always been inspiring and will always inspire also. What is needed, is our resort to enlighten our inner conscience by those galaxies of inspirations. We will have to get rid of our tendency of pulling the viel on the things which are known, and getting entangled with the same. Otherwise whole of our knowledge will be proved useless.
We know what we have to do, and how much we have to do. Having come to know these limits we do not go beyond that, and remaining within that, is self-control. As soon as we try to go beyond these limits we start visualizing the otherwise results which aught to come out.
Eating and drinking, sleeping and walking, reading and writing, daily routine, commercial duties, social, religious and metaphysical responsibilities, and such other things have to be properly sketched out, or else. we may be caught in the same labyrinth as that of Alexander.
Aparajita, the emperor, after a great victory, called on his mother to have her blessings. As soon as he kneeled to touch her feet she turned her face about.
He requested. ‘O mother, your son has come, after a great victory, to have your bleesings’.
The mother’s reply came. ‘How can I bless the one who is involved in massacres? What are you going to do with such a big victory?”
‘O mother. I will overcome the neighbouring kingdoms.”
‘I will overcome further more, far away, kingdoms and will widen the limits of my empire.’
After bringing all the kings under my control, I will live peacefully.
Why don’t you achieve the same goal right today which you want to achieve later? Will you be able to live peacefully after killing millions and millions of people and ruining so vast an amount of properties?”
The son had no answer.
It so happens very often. All the adventures come to the same fate. ‘let me finish this much, then I will live peacefully.”
Then why do we not employ all our capacity to perform properly, the duty for the welfare of entire humanity?