Back to the Senses

By Acharya Sachidananda on 19-06-2010

It was during our
recent all-Kerala ‘Dharma
Rajya Sandesha Yatra’. The drunken man was quite a nuisance. Ever
since our artist began her performance in the street corner he was showing all
sorts of vulgar signs at her. A policeman who was
standing in the crowd told him to behave himself. But there was no change, he
kept on creating nuisance for the lady artist.
Finally the policeman gave him a hard slap.
The drunkard seemed to have regained his senses. He left the scene. Many of us
need a similar ‘shock treatment’ to wake us up from our drunkenness of various
kinds. People today are intoxicated with many things…. Some are addicted to
alcohol and drugs. ‘Consumerism’ is an intoxication for the modern world. TV
has also become an addiction for many. Cricket is an obsession for most
Indians. ‘Novenas’ and ‘devotions’ are becoming religious addictions for many.
Over eating is a regular indulgence….. so goes the woes of modern man.

A tragedy, ….an
accident or sickness, … death of a dear one, …betrayal by  a trusted
friend…… something shocking is needed to wake us up, and bring us back to our
senses. These ‘shock treatments’ often turn out to be blessings in disguise for
many of us. An encounter with death in air accident was needed to wake me up
from my addiction to consumerism and materialism at one stage in my life….. A
family break up was necessary to wake up one of my friends from his eternal
laziness….. A ‘crash’ in his business enterprise was required to save another
friend from an impending health disaster……..

Tragedies have a
potential either to bring out the best in us or the worst in us. It all depends
on how we respond to them. ‘When things get tough, the tough get going’. All
sufferings have hidden within them great redemptive powers. We only have to
discover and use them wisely. It is here that one can come to understand the
significance of the ‘cross of Christ’.

About The Author

Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.