Faith

Manifestation of God

We all play different roles — beggar, king, mother, wife, child, etc. in this dynamic universe where nothing is constant. Yet Sastras state clearly that there is order in the universe. Human beings are endowed with an innate sense of right and wrong (Samanya Jnana) and this is what distinguishes them from other beings in creation. There would be a lacuna in creation if this awareness was lacking, and it would pose the same danger as a car that runs without a brake. While this gift gives human beings an edge over other beings and aspects in the world, it also places a tremendous responsibility of adhering to righteousness at all costs, said Swami Dayananda Sarswathi in a lecture.

From time immemorial, the entire creation is sustained and protected by this “inner policing,” also known as Sanatana Dharma. All human beings have to abide by Dharma and the society becomes its custodian. God is the embodiment of Dharma. When we uphold Dharma we are with God. Dharma is a manifestation of God and not a mandate. It is a universal factor which the human being should follow and conform to. Uprightness is present when one is aligned in one's thought, word and deed. But how can you ascertain what you think is true? This is the responsibility of every individual. You can't do to others what you don't want others to do to you can be a simple guide to us.

Along with this sense of right and wrong is the freedom of choice to do a certain act or to abstain from it. Both these choices have inbuilt consequences. Every situation calls for action from the individual placed in any walk of life or in any stage in life. None can escape the truth and the righteousness inherent in this scriptural code. Every act produces some result good or bad. The fruit of one's actions is inevitable.

Speaking on the varied implications of one's actions, Lord Krishna advises, “Perform the prescribed duties because action is superior to inaction. Moreover, if you are inactive, even the maintenance of your body will be impossible.” To do what one has to do is Dharma and when we refrain from what ought to be done, we are escaping our commitment.

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