Doing God’s Will
By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 26-10-2017
Doing God’s Will is what is on my mind. Holiness consists in doing God’s will. To DO God’s will one needs to KNOW God’s will. All that is required to know God’s will is to have a well-formed conscience based on basic human rights and values, and union with God. To use a metaphor of Christ, branches apart from a tree cannot live and bear fruits. God is that tree and we are the branches. We are in union with God when we are truly altruistic and live for others.Then we are connected to God as branches to a tree. Our CONSCIENCE that clearly tells us what is right and wrong, and our UNION with God will reveal God’s will for us.
To simplify matters even further, we may also understand union with God as faithfulness to our own conscience that represents God’s voice within us.The Golden Rule that, Christ said, sums up the Scriptures, namely, DOING FOR OTHERS WHAT WE WANT THEM TO DO FOR US, confirms also God’s will for us in our daily life. Slowly nearing the brink of ecologic disaster, these days we are required to reverse that trend, and preserve and enhance God’s creation as an important aspect of God’s will. Additionally, any kind of ADDICTION to alcohol, nicotine, sex, any substance, inordinate affection that spiritually or physically harms us and dehumanizes us, renders us less capable of doing God’s will. The consumeristic, market economy – this world – that makes us objects and goods for others, solely catering to the indulgence of our senses, is hostile to God.
In other words, knowing God’s will is simple for a detached, spiritual person; but doing God’s will is very difficult for an undisciplined person without a strong will.
About The Author
Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.