We think about only those things that we have some clue about. We can think about the task that we left half done a day before, but we cannot think about or do not like to think about where we had been prior to our birth. We do not like to think about it, because if we did not exist before our birth, we are not likely to exist after our deaths. We often say that reincarnation, absolute nothingness before and after our lives and the concepts of eternal existence in different forms or formless conditions are the questions beyond us. We are fearful of uncertainty of all that exists or does not exist. The strangest thing about our life is that we have never experienced the consequence of things we are afraid of. Maybe, we simply have a fear of uncertainty.
We are not certain if we would learn to be happy in this life or thereafter. We have been taught and have also experienced that truthfulness, concern for the welfare of others, compassion and many such things give us deep internal pleasure, notwithstanding the unpleasant experiences that we may have later due to the external physical circumstances. We cannot deny that love, compassion, courage, simplicity etc. fulfill us. What if we work for and allow such experiences recur, again and again? For, if we do it, we might convert the uncertainty of happiness into a definite probability of happiness.
This is a probabilistic world. There is nothing certain here. We must endeavour to enhance the probability of goodness, simply by trying to do good as much as we can and as many times as we can.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]