Apart from creating havoc in terms of deaths, health hazards, and physical suffering, COVID-19 has also brought along cascading mayhem : economic turmoil, food shortages, famine, schooling challenges, job losses…. But probably the most dire repercussion is the psychological aftereffect. Pandemic stress. This is the new sickness which is spreading far and wide. As long as we link our happiness with those things which are not the source of our wellbeing, we will suffer from stress and stress-related illnesses.
“Sampati dekhi na harshiye, vipati dekhi mat roye
Sampati hai tahaan vipati, kartaa kare so hoye”.
Don’t be too excited by seeing wealth (which is unreliable), and don’t cry when you are in the midst of trouble. Wherever there is (material)wealth, there also is trouble – both wealth and trouble come by His command. Just like where there is a beautiful pond with a nice blooming lotus flower, there is also mud and dirt, in the same way our life is also filled with both material wealth and physical/mental sufferings. In mundane life, we always experience opposites. As soon as fun is over, we get back to cleaning up the mess. Even all our stages in life may start with a wonderful beginning, but then soon becomes boring. The teenager is so happy to leave middle school and graduate to high school. Soon after, he feels overwhelmed by the studies. The job seeker is very excited to join a new career. Soon after, he feels overwhelmed with all the duties and responsibilities. Like this, life is an endless game of highs and lows. If we allow ourselves to be depressed by the lows, we will never be able to move forward. But if we are spiritually strong, we will not let stress put us down.
“Sampati to Hari milan hai, vipati ju Ram viyog
Sampati vipati Ram kahoun, aan kahe sab log”.