If you want to learn ‘how to bribe God?’ then better visit our country India. We are specialists in bribing God. In India people bargain with God when they try to get things done for their own self or for their family. The bribes can be of many kinds. An hour of prayer, offering one coconut or 3KG’s of rice or 1 gram gold or Rs.101/- or feeding the poor and so on… Behind all these the motive is to get a return; a job, an increment in the salary, getting good marks in exams, bearing a child and so on…
Human wants are unlimited which are just out of our imaginations.
Sometimes I feel the way we ask God or pray as if we are in a shop and reading the list out to the shop owners what all we want.
I remember a prayer of a saint who prayed like this to God which he had penned down in his book:
Two things I have asked of You;
Do not deny them to me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion,
So that I will not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or that I will not be poor and steal,
And so profane the name of my God.
What an honest request to God!
If we can pray in such a manner I am sure God would definitely honour our requests.
There is one remedy that I see which can heal our disease of expectations for returns.
That is contentment.
The dictionary describes contentment as, “a state of happiness and satisfaction.”
The scripture suggests,
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Mahatma Gandhi says,
“Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.”
All the great people those who had the insights about various aspects of life knew how important contentment is. They knew discontentment gives a rise to wants and then greed and then the means we adopt to get to the things we desired for.
I have seen in my life too. When I am discontent with something I don’t have, I have searched for that and have been tempted to get that by all means. But when I am content with what I have and don’t expect returns where I haven’t invested I stay in peace and happy.
Friends, concluding my Final Note on this week’s topic: “Return on Investment,” I want to urge you all and encourage you to build a nation, free from corruption, greed, and self-seeking attitudes as we are about to celebrate our 70th Independence day just after two days. Let’s not seek how much return I get but let’s try to evaluate how much I give to my fellow human being.
Wish you all a Happy Independence day in advance!