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GRATITUDE (Commandment 7) 


The seventh Commandment recommends to, 'Be not revengeful for the wrongs done by the others. Take them with gratitude as heavenly gifts.'

We are told someone is our brother and we should treat him as such, in reply we say "that person has unnecessarily accused me, he has thrown mud on me, he questioned my character, there is a character assassination going on me, he is trying to spoil my property, he has done positive harm to me. How can I treat him as such". It is agreed that we know him as our brother and he has come from the same source, but then how to be not revengeful when he wrongs me. He says 'Be not revengeful for the wrongs done by others'. How? Because everything that happens to us has come to us because of our Karma. No other person is responsible for what is coming to us except ourselves. Remember the concept of Karma which the Master referred to in commandment 2. How we came down from the Source, It is because we jumped out of the Reality, we left on our own, we divorced the Ultimate on our own, please note this point. Having divorced we want to get back, that is the recurrent theme of Sri RamChandra's Raja Yoga. We came out and we are trying to get back; when we came out we have built so many obstacles for ourselves. We got ourselves entangled in so many things, so many samskaras developed, and today when we want to go back, we say brother has done this, sister has done this etc. Perhaps we have done that harm to them long back. Umpteen number of religious stories are there to which I do not like to divert now. In these stories it was related that because of a particular wrong done by him earlier, he has suffered like this or that etc now, so the question of taking revengeful action arises only when we opt to make one more samskara. In silently suffering whatever is coming to us as a divine blessing, by not taking revenge on others we will be curtailing the formation of any further samskara. We will be assisting in our own sadhana. If the attitude of not taking revenge on others, is advocated by somebody on the plea that as everybody makes mistakes, we should develop tolerance, it is not accepted by us. But if it is ingrained in our thinking process that everything that happens to us is happening because of our own past Karma and we are responsible for it totally, we should, naturally, have the courage to say let us go through this. Take them with gratitude as heavenly gifts. Yes. It is a gift because; otherwise we have to go through that samskara much later, thousands of years later, thousands of lives later. It is given to us now, so that in this very life we are able to get rid of this and get back. We are able to complete our debt, whatever it may be, whatever Karma we have, we have completed enjoying it. Then the opportunity becomes a gift. The possibility of experiencing the whole thing as a heavenly gift makes us again remember the Master, which again assists us in our sadhana. Not as heavenly gifts as such because which heaven has given them? It is the Ultimate. It is the Master who says it is my gift. Heavenly gift, technically that should not be translated as gift from Swargam. This type of literal translations are possible. The heavenly gift means a gift from the God, the Master.

The miseries and difficulties that come to us are result of actions. By going through the results of our actions we are reducing the load on our being. The experiences during cleaning sessions of meditational practice that leave us in a relatively lighter state of being are positive indications of relief we are experiencing. Aspirants who experience this type of relief naturally get inclined to accept the miseries and afflictions as gifts from the Master. They enable them to think about the Homeland and as reminding agents they become our friends. The agents who appear to have caused misery to us then are in fact friends and the attitude of revenge becomes alien to this situation. This is a matter of knowledge gained through imperience.