These days in the West
all the new cars have "GPS" navigation system where the
computer in the car gives directions on how to reach your
As you sit in the car
you just enter the address of where you are going, and
throughout the journey a pleasant woman's voice guides you:
"Take a left turn in 200 meters."
However, after you've
entered the destination address, before her guided
instructions begin, you must press
the "Accept" button on the screen.
If the button is not
the guided route will not begin and you will be left to your
own device to reach the destination.
In our lives, it is the same. There is a
divine Source, a Power, a Super-computer ready to guide us
every step of the way. We must simply push the "Accept"
GPS stands for "Global Positioning System", but I also think
it stands for "God's Perfect System." He knows the way to
the destination of our life, to the fulfillment of our
unique, special and divine mission. He has designed the map.
He has laid the roads. He has created the mountains, rivers,
highways and train crossings. He knows every turn, every
corner, every one-way street. He never loses His way.
If we don't push "Accept" on the GPS system in the car, our
journey will be filled with tension and worry. At each
intersection we will have to gauge whether it is best to
continue ahead or to turn left or right. We will have to
stop and ask directions from passers-by who may not be any
more acquainted with the roads than we are. We may
eventually reach the destination, if we are focused,
efficient and lucky, but we will likely be late and the
journey will have been tense.
Alternatively, if we simply press "Accept" we are guided
gently and correctly at every step. We know where to turn,
where to continue straight and where to stop. Our minds will
be free to contemplate God, to think pleasant and peaceful
thoughts, to converse with others in the car. The journey
will be peaceful, smooth and enjoyable.
Similarly in our lives - if we accept God's will, if we
allow Him to guide us along the path, our lives will be
filled with inspiration rather than perspiration, and we
will certainly reach the destination in the shortest amount
Frequently however, we doubt God's path. "Is this really the
way?" We wonder. We become skeptical of the Divine plan. We
lose heart and faith.
One of the greatest sources of depression and discontent is
our inability to accept that which befalls us. We try to
impose our will onto every situation. We try to sculpt the
world into our own pre-conceived image of what is right, as
though we were appointed as the Great Divine Sculptor, given
the task of ensuring that everything conformed to the
correct mold. However, we were not appointed as such, nor
has anyone been given the Divine Vision to know the Divine
Plan. Thus, for us to take on the task of trying to make the
world conform to our will is not only futile but it ensures
that our lives will be frustrating, unfruitful and marked by
perspiration rather than inspiration!
The only way to live peacefully, with joy and bliss, and to
fulfill your individual dharma here on Earth is to allow
God's will rather than your own will to guide you.
Once there were three men sitting under a tree in the garden
and they started talking about God. One man said, "I don't
believe that God is perfect. In fact, there are so many
things which even an ordinary reasonable man would be able
to plan better than God. For example, look over there." The
man drew his friends' attention to the pumpkin patch where
hundreds of pump kins were growing large and round. "God has
put these huge, heavy pumpkins on the end of tiny, thin
vines which always collapse under the weight of their
One of the other men joined in, "Yes, you're right," he
said. "Look there at the mango trees. Huge, strong, sturdy
trees. And their fruit? A tiny 4 ounce mango! What kind of
backwards planning is this? Put the heavy fruit on the thin
weak vine and put the light fruit on the tall strong tree? I
agree that God definitely is far from perfect.."
However, the third man was unpersuaded. "What you both are
saying certainly is compelling. You are right that it would
have made a lot more sense to put the heavy fruit on the
strong tree and the light fruit on the thin vine, but still
I believe that there must be a bigger, better, Divine plan.
I still believe that God knows exactly what He's doing and
that His planning is perfect even if we don't understand
The two friends chided him for his simplicity and blind
faith. "Can't you see with your own eyes how stupid it is?
Even an idiot would know better!"
Wounded by the other men's criticism, yet secure in His
faith, the third man stood up and went to rest under a
nearby tree, separate from the two critical friends. All
three drifted off into a deep afternoon slumber in the shade
of the mango trees.
With the afternoon clouds, a strong wind rose up and whipped
through the trees. Branches swayed in the heavy wind,
causing ripe mangoes to fall to the ground. The sleeping
skeptics awoke, startled by mangoes falling on them.
One of them exclaimed, "Our friend the believer was right!
It is certainly a good thing that only mangoes hang from
these branches. The weight of a falling mango was enough to
startle me from sleep and bruise my cheek. Had it been heavy
pumpkins falling onto us we would have become pumpkin pie!
It is very good those heavy pumpkins grow so close to the
God's ways are frequently mysterious; we fail to see the
full picture until it is unveiled for us. However, the
enigmatic nature of His plan should not cause us to lose
faith or to impose our own will. We must continue to
"Accept" the guidance given by God's Perfect System whether
we are familiar with the route He is taking us or not. Let
us always remember that He is the creator, He is the
planner, He is the driver and He is the guide.
May God bless you
In the service of God and
Swami Chidanand Saraswati