Often we say to ourselves
Do I have a choice in the matter?
In any case, my tiny bit doesn’t even matter.
Both, the question and the assertion are farthest from the truth.
Our scriptures tell us that inside of us lies resplendent, the great Omnipotence. A power in the ‘image and likeness’ of that infinity which creates and sustains all there is and isn’t.
This phrase implies that we have, deep down in our core, the same nature of pure love as the creator. We also possess the ability to create as the infinite does.
If I were to be a bit mindful, I would notice that on many occasions in a day I am confronted with choices. Howsoever trivial may it appear, somewhere each choice affects me and humanity, a great deal.
My friend calls me and invites me for a boys’ party where booze and else would wait for me. I have a choice to go or to spend time at the gym or even to be with my wife.
Each choice will alter the course of my life and of those connected to me.
Albert Speer, one of Hitler’s ministers ensured that the country produced enough armaments for war.
In his biography he writes that one day a colleague told him of the horrors at Auschwitz. Speer did not pay heed and continued to ensure that the war machine went on. It was a choice. He could have chosen to go away, to oppose Hitler which he did much later. He writes that choosing to pay no heed to his friend sort of made him feel responsible for the horrors in concentration camps. He may not have had the ability to stop these tortures, but he had a choice not to be a party to them.
The scriptures tell us that our attitudes, our beliefs and desires collectively influence the way our individual and collective lives meander. A single person may appear to be insignificant, yet as the source of a spiritual thought he has tremendous power.
Even if we did not influence the course of things in people’s lives, we still have the choice of empathy if things aren’tgood for others.
In the crossroads, life presents us with choices every day. There is no place on the sidewalk for us, no space to be onlookers. In one of greatest historical battles of Mahabharat in India Lord Krishna makes it clear. You have to take one path to tread on. Many times in a day.
The great General Bhishma chooses to keep quiet when the Princess Draupadi is disrobed in the court. His choice of unrighteousness ultimately leads to the great war.
Every little choice we make during the day influences our own future and that of others connected to us.
What shall our daily choices be?
Righteousness or anything else.
Every little step alters the way the ship of our destiny traverses.