Belong to someone

Your Chosen One is by you, beside you, with you, within you, guiding you, guarding you, blessing you, and leading you on

Holding a puppyIt is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

As an 11-year old boy I was asked to represent the family at a wedding-feast. My revered father had passed away and I was the eldest son. My beloved mother insisted that I attend the feast. It was held in a triangular park. An old gentleman stood at the gate to make sure that no undesirable elements entered the grounds. He stopped me at the gate and asked me:- "To whom do you belong?"

Since then the question has haunted me, again and again: "To whom do I belong?"

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

The sense of belongingness is what gives security to a person. You know you are not an orphan. You are never alone. In this spacious, star-lit world, there is someone you can always turn to, someone who will not turn you away. You can think of him in any way that you like. He is prepared to be to you whatever you want him to be. He is your friend, your father [or mother], your brother, your guardian, your guide, your master, your saviour, the beloved of your heart.

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

That man is happy who belongs to someone. And to belong to someone all you have to do is to close your eyes, think of him - a saint, a prophet, an incarnation of God - and say to him in the heart within: "Beloved, I belong to Thee. Accept me as I am, and make of me what thou wilt! I surrender my life to Thee!"

Establish a link of love and devotion with God or a God-man, Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus, Muhammad, Baha'u'llah, Kabir, Nanak, or any one who, to you, is a form of God. God is the Formless One: for the sake of His devotees He has worn many forms and visited the earth, again and again. These great ones are not figures of a dim, distant past: they are living realities and can be contacted now and here. The One Spirit works within them all. The forms are many: but the Spirit is One. And all the forms will, ultimately, lead to the One who is beyond form and formlessness.

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

The choice is yours. Having made the choice, keep on strengthening the link everyday. Therefore let the Chosen One be a reality to you in your daily life. Think of Him as one who is watching over you all the time. Pray to Him, again and again. Open out your heart to Him. Speak to Him with intimacy and love. In the midst of your work, pause for a brief while and turn to Him. A loving look of your uplifted eyes is more acceptable to Him than the chanting of many temple-priests.

There is a moving story concerning a man who wanted to be present at the evening aarati in the Temple. As soon as he was free from his work, he ran to the Temple to be in time for the aarti. When he arrived at the Temple-gate, he found the devotees and the priest coming out of the Temple. He asked the priest: "Is the aarti over?"

"Yes," answered the priest. "The aarti is just over."

"Ah," sighed the man in deep disappointment.

The priest said to him: "Will you give me the merit of your sigh in exchange for the merit of all the aartis I have offered in a whole year?"

The man immediately agreed.

That night, he saw Sri Krishna in a dream. The Master said to him: "You made a bad bargain. Your sigh was worth more than all the aartis the priest had offered in all his life, because it came from the depth of your heart."

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

Your Chosen One is by you, beside you, with you, within you, guiding you, guarding you, blessing you, and leading you on. His Strength upholds you. His Wisdom guides you. His Love watches over you. His Joy fills you. His Peace enters the very pores of your being. When afflictions abound and sorrows surround, you will feel an invisible presence strengthen you. And as you grow in this faith, you will find miracles happen in your daily life. Even in the moment of death, He will be by you - and you will not be alone.

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do you belong?

The vast majority of people are groping in the dark, yet are unaware of it. They are chasing the shadow-shapes of pleasures, possessions, power and are unmindful of the high purpose for which they have taken the human birth. They are all the time striving for things that perish. They identify themselves with the body-mind complex and are not aware of the rich treasures of the Spirit that lie hidden within them. They eat: they drink: they make merry: they live like machines slogging from dawn till dark: they indulge in the pleasures of the senses and dissipate their energies. When night comes and they go to sleep, they are disturbed by weird dreams where things are seen flying in a state of chaos. And one day, death pounces upon them and they depart, having missed the golden opportunity which the human birth offers to each one of us. Happily, there are some - though very few - who realise the vanity of pursuing the path of sense-pleasures and aspire to attain the heights of consciousness where abide the true treasures of life - love, peace, joy, contentment, enlightenment. Those are the ones who sooner or later, must answer the question:

It is good to belong to someone.

To whom do I belong?

Friend of friends

We asked beloved Dada [Sadu T L Vaswani]: - "How is it that always there is a smile playing on your face?"

Beloved Dada answered: - "I have a Friend. He protects me. He guards me in illness. He blesses me every day. And He stretches forth His Arms of Love to enfold me in silence and darkness of the night.

He is your Friend, too. Indeed, He is the Friend of friends."

A boy was asked: - "Who is a friend?"

He answered: - "A friend is a person who knows me, - my faults and failings, weaknesses and imperfections, - and yet understands and loves me."

Would you not wish to have such a friend, - or a father?

I read concerning an old man whose son had gone astray. An acquaintance met him one day and asked how the boy was doing.

"Too bad," replied the afflicted father; "worse than ever."

"How do you put up with him?" said the other. "If he were mine, I would turn him out."

"Yes," answered the father, "and so would I, "if he were yours"; but you see he's not yours: he's mine.'"

It was St. Augustine who said: "God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love."

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J P Vaswani
J P Vaswani - or Dada as he is affectionately called - is the spiritual head of The Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Pune. He is the moving force behind the multitude of humanitarian work that the mission does. Dada has received the prestigious U-Thant Peace Award for his dedicated service to the world peace.

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