From Beggar to saint
by Swami Prasad Sharma
(Dona Paula, Goa, India)
From beggar to saint
Our mentality has made us a beggar and we never feel satisfied. We are always begging for various temporal needs. Though we usually feel that we are the makers of our future, why don’t we believe in ourselves and let God be free? It is because we are not pondering over what we are saying in our regular prayers, which seem full of promises and connected with our well being. In such a prayer mention is made that the creator God is our Father, Mother, Friend, and Owner.
Here I will concentrate on His above mentioned relationships with us. These relationships are with each one of us. But we never considered them to be true. For example, if He is considered omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, then why should we be specific in our demands and beg? Even worldly parents know the need of a child without asking, then why should we dictate our demands to God and insist on fulfillment?
What are we able to achieve by virtue of being born in a particular caste, creed and religion? Nothing, but we have created many walls to make ourselves distinct from others and develop hatred too!
Many a case of rebirth shows that the child belonged to another religion in his previous life, or the sex got changed. Some people born in a particular religion have the inclination to shift over to another religion
and try to get converted. Such examples try to prove that there is only one caste, creed and religion which are represented by mankind, God, and humanity, respectively.
In prayers also included is that this body, mind, and wealth belongs to Him, but in reality we remain possessive of these and use them for our whims, fancies and carnal pleasures. We become wild if anybody interferes with our possessions, and rather exploit society for our purpose.
We are in the category of social animals but we hardly follow the behavioural aspects of social rules. These are: non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy (family life allowed), and no-hoarding. If these are followed one is honoured in society. For mental well-being we have to adopt cleanliness (removal of ego, jealousy, fault finding in others, etc.), patience, duty, donation, and study of scriptures.
Adoption of the above mentioned qualities is the basic requirement for an aspirer of self-realization. When self-realization dawns on the aspirer he remains no more a beggar, rather he may develop a relationship with the personal God, whose creation this is. Even starting with the relationship as a servant of the creator God is far better than being a beggar. God never allows this relationship for long and converts it into various other relationships for mutual enjoyment.
And in the process, a beggar is adopted and chosen by God to include in His family of the righteous, which are the saints.