Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Do we get what we seek?
We have been seeking an answer to this question since ages but still, it baffles us. it comes in our mind many times a day and many times in our lifespan.
But what actually matters is the real intent behind what we seek. A heartfelt gratitude to my upbringing, value system and ethical education that pushed me to build up something higher on the spiritual basis. I was seeking someone who could hold our hands and guide us through this beautiful journey of life imbued in spiritualism. With that thought, I started seeking a spiritual guru in our life who can guide us on the path of spirituality and efficacy.
So, one day, I along with my husband decided to visit the Iskon Temple to pay our obeisance to Lord Krishna and guess what? We met Prabhu Jagdish, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. A heartfelt chat with us, he apprised us of the sessions being held in Iskon for the spiritual enlightenment and empowerment. We exchanged our contact details with him so that he can remind us of the sessions that would be starting after few weeks. We were deeply excited that what we were seeking from the universe, we might get it through these empowering sessions on the science behind spiritualism.
After meeting him, we got engrossed in our daily affairs and routines. One fine day in the morning suddenly during meditation, a thought came into my mind that either I have forgotten to attend the sessions or Jagdish would have forgotten to call. But as there is a saying that “ask and it is given”, I got a call the same day at 7:30 pm from Prabhu Jagdish that tomorrow the sessions are starting, and can you attend it?
Once again, I was flabbergasted that when you really seek something from the core of your heart, you get it provided your intention behind that seeking is truly noble and pure. With complete reverence and resonance, we reached Iskon temple, offered the prayers and entered the seminar hall. The energy of the seminar hall was so benevolent and vibrant that we felt that we were at the vaikunth dham. We were deeply amused and amazed at the energy of the surroundings of the seminar hall. It was so serene and pious. There were a good number of other devotees too, belonging to different age groups, castes, and creeds but the beauty was that everybody was deeply drenched in oneness and eager to embrace the teachings of the session with an open mind and with an open heart. We all greeted each other with a striking feeling that we all are equal in the eyes of the supreme lord and are his children who have come to seek his blessings.
We started our session with the “maha mantra Hare Krishna Hare Rama” as Prabhu Jagdish reminded us that every beautiful journey of life should begin with his blessings only. He started chanting maha mantra “hare krishna hare krishna, krishna krishna hare hare, hare rama hare rama, rama rama hare hare” and we also joined him. that energy was so powerful and poised that we were in complete harmony and peace with us.
After the small kirtan, Prabhu Jagdish introduced the basic tenets of the course to us and made us understood the significance of spirituality in our lives. He informed us that the course has been designed into six parts and the basic rationale behind the course is to ‘discover yourself’. There is a complete science behind spiritualism and it can be well understood in terms of logic and reasoning. What happens is we tend to ignore the basic science behind every natural cause and law and that what was the first session all about. the heading of the first session was:
Can a Scientist believe in God?
Before we start seeking the answer to this question, we need to understand the question first. why only a scientist? why not other professionals; may be a doctor or a plumber. Prabhu Jagdish asked this simple question to us as to why a scientist finds it difficult to believe in god? We all deliberated upon it and concluded that every scientific theory is based on specific logic and reason.
We tend to forget that every creation has a creator or designer behind it; whether it is a painting, a scientific project or a rocket launcher. But have we ever thought that
1. Who is the mastermind behind every natural creation (beautiful trees, sea, river, sun, moon) and natural laws (law of gravity, the law of mechanics)?
2. What makes the earth revolve around the sun at a constant speed since the dawn of this universe?
3. What makes the other planets revolve around the sun in a specific orbit?
4. What causes the tides?
5. Who creates the beautiful landscapes?
6. What makes us believe in the presence of god and who controls everything in the universe?
7. Who created the universe with such perfection?
8. What is the true purpose of this universe?
All the answers to the above questions emanate not only from deep faith but also has a great logic behind it.
Have we ever wondered that human creation is the best creation ever? We all are the same but all of us have different digestive systems, respiratory systems, nervous systems or reproductive systems.
Why all of us are blessed with unique individualities despite being the same in origin.
Why we tend to differ in so many ways despite being originated from the same source? this distinction is not only in the case of humans alone.
There are so many other natural creations around us in the form of animals and plant kingdom. Who created them and who controls them?
What we need to do is to be open-minded and contemplate with the complete self-awareness that what is happening around us and why it is happening and who makes it happen?
Why there are so many disparities in our lives?
Why is someone rich and the other poor?
Why is someone intelligent and the other dull?
Why is someone healthy and the other diseased?
Why someone is beautiful and the other ugly?
Why is a need to check our actions and reactions?
Who decides and who chooses for us?
Isn’t there a supreme natural power who controls and decides who should get what, when and how based on our actions and reactions.
If there would not have been any supreme power, don’t you think everything would have been topsy-turvy?
There is a deep science behind all this, thus we need to ponder and believe in the belief that God exists, and God is the original source of everything.
Whatever happens in our life, happens for the best but we don’t realize it then. so, let’s understand the reason that why we aren’t able to accept the fact that everything happens for a good cause.
Now, here is an answer – there are 3 types of causes behind every action.
1. Immediate cause
2. Remote cause
3. Ultimate cause
Prabhu Jagdish made it very simple to help us understand these 3 types of causes.
He gave a simple example of a postman delivering the letter or the money order which has been sent by someone from another end. So, in this example, immediate cause is the postman who is delivering it and post office is the remote cause from where postman got it, but the ultimate cause is the person who has sent it.
Likewise, in our life also we get some good experiences and some bad experiences, but we immediately react to it without thinking about the remote and ultimate cause.
In the example of postman if he is delivering money order that time we know the ultimate cause (the person who has sent it) so we won’t thank the postman for this money because that time we have information about immediate(postman), remote(system) and ultimate(person) cause.
But when we encounter happiness or sadness in our life, we aren’t taking time to understand the immediate(person/situation), the remote(logic/reason) and the ultimate (god) cause behind it.
That is the basic irony and reason for so much chaos, despair, and misery in the whole world.
There are certain shlokas in the Bhagavad Geeta which profoundly demonstrate the presence of god.
मत्त: परतरं नान्यत्किञ्चिदस्ति धनञ्जय |
मयि सर्वमिदं प्रोतं सूत्रे मणिगणा इव || 7||
there is nothing higher than myself, o arjun. everything rests in me, as beads strung on a thread.
मयाध्यक्षेण प्रकृति: सूयते सचराचरम् |
हेतुनानेन कौन्तेय जगद्विपरिवर्तते || 10||
working under my direction, this material energy brings into being all animate and inanimate forms, o son of kunti. for this reason, the material world undergoes the changes (of creation, maintenance, and dissolution).
अहं सर्वस्य प्रभवो मत्त: सर्वं प्रवर्तते |
इति मत्वा भजन्ते मां बुधा भावसमन्विता: || 8||
I am the origin of all creation. everything proceeds from me. The wise who know this perfectly worship me with great faith and devotion.
What I can conclude from my first session is that god does exist in many forms, but he resides in our heart. The more we look deep inside our hearts, the more we can see him and feel him. if we look around us, we can see how blessed we are. God has blessed us with great abundance in the form of so many natural resources and that too free of cost whether it is the sunlight which is the source of light and energy, water bodies which are the source of life, various grains and herbs which are the source of food and medicine, and many more.
What we need to do is trust the process and follow the right path and do the right karma.
Stay tuned for more updates on the coming sessions…
About Dr. Gazal Goyal Bansal
Founder and CEO, Life Coach and Speaker, Dr. Gazal Bansal is a
Doctorate in Political Science, UGC (JRF), a Gold Medalist, Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor, a Licensed Practitioner of NLP from The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (TM) & a Pranic Healer.
As a spiritual evangelist and a practical thinker, she is a radical enthusiast and a firm believer in the philosophy of conceptual pragmatism, logical reasoning, and the spiritual energy matrix. She is a staunch believer of the fact that before you speak, your energy speaks.