The Five Ws

The Five Ws

How to deal with the questions of who, what, why, where, when?
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Often, Maya comes in the form of questions like who, what, why, where, when, and makes an effort-maker to spin in circles of uncertainty and doubt. If we observe closely, these questions have their roots in the soil of body-consciousness. Hence, whenever such questions spring up in the mind, it means our feet are touching the harsh material ground. Now, the question arises of how to deal with these questions and regain our calm self.

WHO

Usually, this ‘who’ baffles one in the form of: “Who is he to tell me this, who is he to judge my capabilities, who is he to lecture me”, etc. All of us have experienced that such questions do arise in our minds from time to time. We usually expect others to act or behave according to our expectations or want others to be moulded according to our own value systems. But we need to realise that each one is unique and different and a beautiful child of the Supreme, Shiv Baba.

We need to respect and accept others just as Baba accepts His children unconditionally. Every person that we meet helps us to know more about ourselves and help us in our personal growth. Rather than reacting negatively to people and events, we can accept them and mould with them. We must see them as ‘teachers’ who are testing us according to drama, in order to develop our strengths and remove our weaknesses.

WHAT

This kind of doubt arises in the form of: “What do they know about my conditions/ parents/in-laws? What is the use of doing this/that? What has one achieved even after spending so many years in Gyan,” etc. The reason such questions arise is that one is too much dependent or attached to the situations. He forgets that they are his creation and that it is in his hands to create his destiny. Before becoming Baba’s child, one was unaware and powerless to conquer the situations. But now, Baba teaches His children not only how to conquer them but also fills each child with His immeasurable powers.

So, continually asking such questions means that one has not realised what he has achieved after belonging to Baba. Baba is ready to take all the responsibility of His children. Many times Baba says, “O Sweet child of mine, you only need to take one step forward, and I’ll help you a thousand times”; but it is the child who is hesitating to gather the courage to take that first little step. Hence, one needs to have complete faith and experience as to how Baba helps him change his destiny.

WHY

Such questions are quite common and disturb one in the form of “why me? Why has this happened to us? Why did Baba not save us from this?” etc. The answer to such questions is that drama is fixed, accurate and is beneficial. ‘Nothing but only goodwill comes out of it’. Hence, the recurrence of questions indicates an effort-maker’s lack of faith in the drama. Drama has shown one of the most beautiful and fortunate scenes of union with God, the opportunity to be with Him and be free from all the wrong-doings of the past. Even then if one is unable to appreciate the beauty of the drama, then it’s his lack of vision that is barring him from progress.

WHEN

We usually ask, “when will I achieve this? When will I be able to get out of this problem? When will I become complete? When will the destruction happen?” etc. When such questions arise, it indicates that the effort-maker is tired, or stuck at some point in his spiritual journey. Also, it shows that one has not yet learnt to enjoy Baba’s company and this auspicious period of the confluence Age. Because those who do, will never wish this period to end and they’ll be forever busy gathering the precious pearls and gems of knowledge and experiences.

So, at such times one must understand that he lacks experience. Therefore, he must have patience and faith in himself and should start churning the points of knowledge. Any form of change or transformation is bound to happen at its appointed time but one should be ever-ready and make effort in empowering his self, i.e., the soul, by constantly having a loving union with Baba.

WHERE

This question usually occurs in the form, “where are my efforts taking me? Where am I wrong? Where will I come from in the Golden Age or Silver Age? Such questions are in no way unnatural and indicate that the effort-maker is checking himself. Even Baba asks children to ponder over such questions. The answers to these questions lie in checking the orientation of mind, the lifestyle, the company one is keeping, and also in one’s intellectual focus. Because Maya’s occupation is to distract and disorient an effort-maker, so, the effort-maker must check where he is lacking, in terms of following Shrimat and what factors are making him divert from his goal.

After having identified the distracting factors, he must find yuktis (ways) to deal with them and be free from the obstacles blocking his progress. Hence, we realise that Baba has provided us with knowledge as a great weapon; we only need to learn the art of using it properly and accurately. It must be remembered that a great actor is one who is aware of all the rules of the drama and utilises them in order to make the drama flow in the direction that He so desires. Such questions are quite common and disturb one in the form of “why Me? Why has this happened to us?

Why did Baba not save us from this?” etc. The answer to such questions is that drama is fixed, accurate and is beneficial. ‘Nothing but only goodwill comes out of it’. Hence, the recurrence of questions indicates an effort-maker’s lack of faith in the drama. Drama has shown one of the most beautiful and fortunate scenes of union with God, the opportunity to be with Him and be free from all the wrong-doings of the past. Even then if one is unable to appreciate the beauty of the drama, then it’s his lack of vision that is barring him from progress.

By BK Chitralekha

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