Blessing in Disguise
These really are unprecedented times. We are all seeing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world, caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Isn’t it astonishing how something so small, only visible under a microscope, has brought the entire world to its knees? Tragically, thousands have lost their lives and thousands more have been displaced. Businesses have closed, production has stopped, and stock markets are shaky. People’s livelihoods are in jeopardy and many feel anxious and worried, fearful about how they will make ends meet. Our once rampant independence and carefree lifestyle is now taboo. Large gatherings are out, and social distancing is in. The emotional strain is visible on people’s faces and the dark cloud of depression looms large on the horizon.
My heart goes out to you all, especially those grappling with personal loss. I hope all of you are following the guidelines imposed by the government and are adopting best practices to break the spread of the virus. Together, we will triumph. In the meantime, stay at home, stay safe and don’t become complacent. There is still a long road ahead.
As I sit wondering what to write, I am reminded of a deeply profound saying I first heard in my childhood – the Lord moves in mysterious ways. Perhaps now, more than ever, our faith in the words of God, His Saints and our scriptures is being put to the ultimate test. How we all fare, is in our own hands.
My father, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, always told us that God is causelessly merciful. Behind His every word and in His every action there is nothing but grace and grace alone. He, who is seated within every living being and every particle of this universe, governs everything according to immaculate law. Nothing happens by chance or indiscriminately. We hear these words and even nod our head in agreement, nevertheless, when we look around it seems that we are facing challenges that are without parallel. Suffering and misery of one kind or the other surrounds us and is befalling people in increasing numbers throughout the world. How can we move through these unsettling times and maintain our equilibrium?
Firstly, we must be strong. We must boldly face life’s challenges by believing in the words of the scriptures that God is ever benevolent and ever merciful. He is the supreme protector. But His divine ways are beyond our material comprehension. Therefore, what seems to us as tough times is actually His grace in disguise. In time, we all will come to see the unique opportunity that has arisen - urging us to revise, reflect or rediscover our faith in God. Our running has stopped and our opportunity to go within has started. If we do, not only will our planet be rejuvenated, but we will rejuvenate our own true spiritual selves.
May you all become brighter shining lights amid these times of darkness.
HH Dr Vishakha Tripati
President, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat