Sustainance of Life is Independent on Effort and Possessions – Gita 16:11
“Obsessed lifelong with innumerable cares that end only with death, steeped in the gratification of desires and accumulation of wealth as the highest aim, and
Convinced that, that is the end-all.” (Gita 16:11)
Those individuals with demoniac tendencies are beset with innumerable cares, worries and anxieties till they die. There is no end to their worries. The end outcome for people who worry is the endless cycle of birth and death.
Worries are two types – the spiritual and the mundane. Those who are concerned about their salvation, think about how can they attain God Realization, Self Realization? How can they become firmly establish in the aim of attaining that Ultimate and Supreme Consciousness? These individuals with spiritual concerns are noble. But people possessing a demonaic nature, are not beset with spiritual worries. They are obsessed with worldly cares and worries,
as to how they can get honor, praise, fame, and prestige? How can they live long? What would happen to their family, wealth and property after their death and so on? Without money, how will they sustain? Without money, how will the maintenance of their home and household carry on? Etc.
But the fact is that a man is worried uselessly, and only out of ignorance. The Lord continues to provide the necessities of life to all beings. In fact many things will remain unconsumed, while “call of death” arrives at the doorstep. Even when a dispassionate saint dies, he leaves behind his loin cloth and a pot made of hollowed gourd. Similarly most individuals die leaving behind a number of things. It is expected that when man dies, his wealth and possessions remain behind, being of no avail to him.
There was a very rich man. He builds a house of steel, similar to a safe, and he stored his jewels, precious stones and ornaments there. The house doors could be unlocked only with a key. One day he went into the house and by mistake shut the door, but the key was left outside. Being without food, water and air for number of days, on his death bed he wrote “Inspite of being covered with wealth, gold, silver, precious gems and possessions, I am dying, because I
have no food, water or air.” Inspite of having all material possessions, it is not necessary that one can remain alive. Just like a doctor stops a man who is suffering from a severe stomach disease, from eating many delicious foods to save him from dying. Therefore there is no certainty that on having wealth and possession one will be able to use them.
The dispassionate ascetics who do not possess even a single penny, get the necessities of life and often more than is required, according what is destined for them. Therefore sustainance of life is not dependent on efforts and material possessions. Saint Tulasidas declares, “God first determined the destiny of a being, and then bestowed upon him this human body. “God provides clothes, wood, and fire even for a dead body, so if a living man worries about his livelihood, he is very unfortunate.” Saint Ramdas also declares, “An ascetic possesses neither food nor cattle (for milk) nor any money, but at meal-time, he receives the needful.”
However, those with demoniac nature, do not understand this. They think that they get things due to their worries, their desires, their thinking and planning and then putting the necessary effort and if they do not do so, they will die of starvation.
Understanding this, let us not worry and let us devote our self to worship and adoration of God.
From “Sadhak Sanjivani” in English by Swami Ramsukhdasji