The Sky That Knows Not Darkness

By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 17-06-2010

Sages and seers all over the world lived and still live a
life marked by humility, detachment, discernment, contemplation, meditation,
altruism, and a search for truth in their quest for enlightenment or union with
God. Each and every one of us has the potential to become the sage or seer or
the prophet the modern world needs. While we are making undreamt of material
and technological progress, it is highly regrettable that we do not, in
proportion, have the self-denying sages, visionaries, and prophets of high
caliber to guide nations and the world. While we are extremely proficient in
exploring the outer space, we have been very inadequate in exploring our own
inner space where dark secrets lie. Clues to those secrets will throw light on
why we do the things that we should not do, and do not do the things that we
should do. Elimination of this principle of double law enunciated well
by Paul of Tarsus leads to perfection. While perfection is not possible in this
world, the near-elimination of this double law amply operating in all of us
paving the way to do what we need to do needs to be our first priority in our
inner exploration to save the world. There is no dearth of egomaniacal
politicians, dictators, chieftains, kings/queens, war-lords, and fanatic,
fundamentalist, and blind followers of religions who, in their ignorance, are
willing to plunge the universe into utter destruction, devastation, and
darkness. There is no reason to despair. The dark sky is always illuminated by
unfailing stars such as Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Christ as eminent
guides or corrections for humanity. We also have lesser but recent luminaries
such as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and
Nelson Mandela from the fields of politics, science, and religion representing
the best of human spirit and illuminating the whole world.

A value based life is possible in all
circumstances. I am reminded of a small story in which an office clerk one day
received a surprise invitation from his boss to join him for the dinner that
evening. Together with the very rich Boss, as he was entering the restaurant
through the pavement, the Boss suddenly stopped and kept looking down on the
pavement for long. There
was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had
dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and
picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if
he had found a great treasure. The clerk asked him if the penny he found is of
some value. “Look at it.” He said. “Read what it says.” He
read the words “United States of America.” “No, not that; read
further.””One cent?” “No, keep reading.” “In God we
Trust?” “Yes!” “And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy,
even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on
every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a
message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by?”

About The Author

Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti

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'.