God takes care of his devotees’ security and needs. He inserts difficult lessons in our lives, at times, to create ways for our liberation.
While both saints and commoners may believe that God takes care of every being in his creation, desire for money and its accumulation becomes irrelevant for the saints who have learned to think about God fulltime, leaving all worries about their future to him. In contrast, we, the commoners, may find it difficult to leave our liking for money or may be bound by circumstances to work for money.
Spiritual principles more or less remain the same for both saints and commoners. We can bring in certain qualities from the lives of saints, if possible, into our own lives, according to our liking. One such quality is — patience — which, in the context of monetary returns, teaches us that a lag may exist between our hard work and our returns.
According to the Bhagavad Gita, God does take care of his devotees’ security and needs, as promised by him when he appeared on earth as Lord Krishna. But we must remember that God works according to his own calendar, not that of individual souls. And what we gain at the end of the day may be unrelated to the intensity of our craving. In the Bhagavad Gita, God says that he has given us the freedom to work or perform actions but has not given us the right to its results .
To teach us some lessons, God may, at times, deliberately delay the results of our hard work or not fulfil many of our wishes. If we request God to give us chocolate ice cream, God may give us vanilla ice cream. If we ask for vanilla ice cream, God may provide us with chocolate ice cream. The actual choice of flavor becomes only available to the saints who do not want ice cream but can observe that it is God who provides everyone with food. Most saints are trained in leaving the results of their work to God, which is one of the classical paths of yoga (karma yoga) by which individual souls can escape the universe to reach God.
The path of devotion (bhakti yoga), though from the same Hindu tradition, takes a somewhat different approach. On this path, saints surrender their self at the lotus feet of Lord Rama or Lord Shiva. When this happens, separate surrender of karma is not required. Surrender of the self includes surrender of one’s karma. It includes recognition of God as the real doer. In other words, bhakti yoga, in some its versions, includes karma yoga as an internal part.
God, being the perfect parent, does not make the parenting mistakes that human beings can make. By nurturing the universe according to his own plan and by inserting difficult lessons at times, he creates ways for the liberation of every soul.
Last edited on July 12, 2019.