Thursday, June 12, 2008

Are we preparing for bigger blessings from Goddess Shakti?

Our monetary resources, intellectual capabilities, soul force, and physical strength can all be seen as blessings from a greater infinite source of energy, personified as Goddess Shakti. Though we all like to possess these forms of energy, merely having them does not confirm that we have the ability to utilize them. While it is not easy to earn money, it is more difficult to spend it. While it is somewhat difficult to gain popularity and political power, it is extremely difficult to guide humanity.

As we spend time on earth, we may accumulate large amounts of material power or even engage in spiritual practices to obtain mystical powers (siddhi) that can enable us to control selected natural phenomena. But the training needed to use resources for our own good is independent of the amassed raw energy and is a separate blessing from the Goddess. This piece of software for the mind is not something we can immediately acquire, but it has to be gradually nurtured by monitoring our karma or selflessly remembering the Divine.

What can we, as beginners, do to learn the proper utilization of energy? We can probably start by watching where we spend our pocket money. Similarly, we can check if we turn off the fans and lights of our room as we exit it. Do we waste drinking water? Do we chat unnecessarily? In an arrangement where every electron is driven by the energy of the Goddess, such small steps can influence whether we will be able to make use of bigger blessings, material or spiritual, from Shakti once we become qualified for them. And who knows, our watchfulness may one day make us eligible for her highest blessing: the knowledge of our true nature.

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