Many times we are taken by surprise. We are so ensconced in doing our daily tasks – work, study, eat, sleep, look after family, and so on – that we lose track of who we are, what we are doing, where we are going. And then something happens. Something which brings us back to reality. Like death in the family or a terrible disaster or an accident. We start to question everything. Everything was going on so well, but all of a sudden, even ‘all is well’ becomes ‘nothing is good’. Imagine someone who is enjoying good health, has no worries, goes for a medical check-up and finds out he has a terminal illness. Had he not gone for check-up, he would have continued to go about doing his things normally. But just the news of his illness topples his world.
Why so? Did he not know that he would die some day? It will make a difference when he is gone, for sure. But if we are always prepared that death will strike some day, we will be better able to handle such situations. The unexpected outbreak of the COVID-19 has had a similar outcome on many people. If it is not the fear of death, it has been the scare of confinement or the pain of separation or the anxiety of loss of money or the uncertainty of food shortages…. Satguru Kabir Saheb warns us to stay focused on our goal as we forge ahead in this world.
“Raahi le piparaahi bahi, kargi aawat kaahou na kahi
Aayi kargi bhow ajgoutaa, janam janam yam pahire boutaa”