26 November, 2005

In search of God

The other day while browsing through a bookshop, I came across this book - ‘Shortcuts to God’ by Gerard G. Jampolsky, M.D. The book had an interesting cover, rather tongue-in-cheek.

It touched upon a memory.

“Why are many of the holy sites so inaccessible?” as a child I had once grumbled, disconcerted at having to trudge a long way up to the Vaishno Devi temple. “It is because the saints wanted to be left undisturbed in their quest for God. So they settled far away from the crowded, noisy cities. Also, we sometimes have to go through a little bit of pain to reach something good,” my mother had replied. A few years later, the Vayudoot (flight) service was started so that people, who did not wish to walk the walk, could conveniently visit the pilgrimage site. It was a shortcut.

Today we seek painless, shortcut solutions to everything in life – be it a daily chore, a relationship, a pilgrimage or even a quest for self-improvement. But do we really need a shortcut in our attempt to reach and touch the Divine? Is God really so far away from you and me? In this context a beautiful saying from Rilke comes to mind.

"When I saw others straining towards God I did not understand it, for though I may have had him less than they did, there was none blocking the way between him and me and I could reach his heart easily. It is upto him after all to have us; our part consists almost solely in letting him grasp us."

Maybe there are times when shortcuts are not required, simply because the actual path is not a difficult one at all. Maybe if we just open a window, the light can enter...and that will be enough.


vijay said...

True. But honestly speaking... each human being despite of knowing that short cut can't lead to the ultimate place... tries to find short cut for everything. Not to say, even if its relegion.

Aparna Ray said...

Yes Vijay, that's why we are what we are :-)

Blue Athena said...

I agree. The shortcut may not be the best feasible way to reach the destination. Even if we happen to know exactly where it is!

yes, rather than panting
and fretting
at having to take the
door off its hinges,
guess, it's better to
open that window
and let the light in...

I liked reading this Aparna. Neat introspection. :)

Aparna Ray said...

Thank you BA :-)