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Hello and welcome to episode 155 of The Ask Sri Vishwanath Show. Today is part two of why bad things happened to good people.
If you haven’t read and watched episode 154 I highly suggest you do so. That way you will really benefit from this episode. I will give a quick re-cap but there is great information in those episodes that I don’t want you to miss out on.
In 154 we spoke about the story of the king and the minister. The minister told the king that everything happens for a reason. The king was so angry that he threw the minister in a well. The king was injured in the forest and taken away by tribe’s people. In the end they let him go because of his injury which really proved the ministers point.
We said that there are no bad things, only bad scenes and to get through these bad scenes we must fall back to the consciousness. The easiest way to do this we learned, was to fall back during the good times too so it becomes second nature.
We talked about expectations and how the more we expect from others, the more let down we will be. The less expectation we have the happier we will be. We also talked about the importance of gratitude and we need to be grateful for the things we already have. I great tip was to spend 5 minutes each day writing about what you are truly grateful for. If you’d like to know more you can read episode 154 in full.
Today I want to share a story with you. Yama the god of death was visiting Vishnu. As he entered the gate he noticed two birds sitting by the gate. On one side was Garuda. The Garuda is an eagle who acts as a mascot to Vishnu. On the other side of the gate there was a pigeon. As Yama entered the gate he stared at the pigeon before going inside.
Yama was leaving the meeting when he noticed the pigeon was gone. He asked Garuada where it was. Garuda said that the pigeon was safe in the mountain tops. Yama just smiled. He told Garuda that he stared at the pigeon because he was wondering why it was on the gate when it was supposed to be on the mountain where another eagle would come and kill it.
This is what happens during bad times because fear is nothing but your tamas gunas rising to the top. Doubt, fear, sadness and anger they are all tamas that come at us in waves. We ask for help but the help is filled with fear and doubt and that is why it doesn’t benefit us. The only thing that happens is that more damage is done.
This is what Krishna did with Arjuna. He said “I have told you everything. Now do as you see fit.” The important thing though is to fall back to your consciousness first, then ask for help from experts.
You must learn to fall back on the consciousness because this is the only place where you will be safe in any eventuality. If you end up in any other place, physical or subtle then you will be in trouble. Keep telling yourself this and it will help you.
So ask yourself what you are good at. When you know what that is do it and keep doing it. Do a little bit every day and it will help you fill that emptiness inside you. Really whenever we lose something it has to do with either money, health or relationships and these things don’t really matter because they are going to be left behind.
Remember you can lose all of these things in mere seconds. Relationships can fall apart with one word. Money can disappear with a blink of an eye and tomorrow a doctor could tell you that you are very ill. It’s all possible. The only thing that cannot be taken away is whatever you’re good at and your consciousness.
When they money started coming in I would give him a little more than 50% because that’s how I was brought up. To give a little more than what you promised. Except for this situation I never had any issues with money. I would always remove myself from a situation if there was issues or arguments over money. I was always taught that we had what we needed and anything else is a gift.
After a month he stopped writing the software. People had paid for this service and I wanted to provide excellent value. I would ask him to write and he wouldn’t do it. I would ask him a month later and he still would not do it. I was giving him 50% for doing nothing. This lasted for about 3 months. One day a customer gave a terrible review because he had paid and was not receiving updates. I called him and he was so angry. I was so unhappy because I was doing so much work and he was doing nothing.
I messaged him to tell him that it wasn’t working out. My father had always told me to have a written agreement but I was always casual about money and I never ever wanted to fight over it. He messaged me back telling me he would take me to court and I just thought of what nonsense it all was. All he had to do was sit down and do a couple of hours work.
That was when the tamas thoughts came. I wanted to teach this person a lesson because he had taken my product and was now offering it for 50% less. I was scared that all my customers would leave me and go to him because of the price.
As I was praying one morning a thought came to me. I knew the password for his email. I opened his email and saw exactly what he was doing. I had so much knowledge about what we were doing that I could have crushed him then and there. But I didn’t. Just as I was about to a voice told me 3 times not to do it. Later that day I still wanted revenge and I wanted to do it. Again something told me not to. Something told me to keep going as I was. I was good at my job and I would succeed without destroying him.
I spent my time meditating and working on my books and I promised that I would never seek revenge against him and I would never look him up or look at his site. For 8 years I kept that promise and my sales quadrupled. I just concentrated on doing what I was doing. If I had crushed him at that time another force would have crushed me at another point in time.
So you see now how important it is forget what others are doing and focus on what you are good at. Ignore those tamas thoughts because they will only get you into the trouble. You have no right to teach anyone a lesson so don’t do it.
It is not what you have come here for. I am speaking from a place of knowledge and I am so happy that I did not act on that Tamas thought because it would have come back to me. My friend was so fixated on money. I wish him the best but I know his lust for money will not work in his favour.
The blind king was full of anger because his sons had been killed. Bheema was the strongest of the Pandavas brothers and he was the one who had killed the king’s most beloved son. He told him to come and he would crush him. He was blind but had been gifted with great powers. If he embraced someone he could crush them.
Krishna read the kings mind and he knew he was going to do this. So Krishna took an idol statue which was about the same height and width and placed it in front of the blind king. The king embraced it and crushed it to dust. After this the king started crying. He immediately regretted what he had done. Krishna consoled him and told him that he had not killed him. Krishna knew he could not control this tamas so he did this to help him.
This blind king’s anger exists in every person, in every home across the world. So whenever you feel hatred and revenge remember this story and dissolve it. Do it because it will be for your own good.
No matter what someone does to you just smile and reply with good words. Remember that whatever you put out will be reflected back at you so you will be helping others as well as yourself.
I hope I answered your questions. Remember you keep asking questions and I’ll keep answering them.
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