Vedantic Wednesday: Miracle and Trust

Many people especially the ones who deeply believe in God or God-men profess having witnessed or experienced miracles. The intellectuals normally rubbish these as imaginations and tricks. Both schools of thought are right. While reasoning is what human beings should engage in because of the innate instrument given to them – all scientists (who are worth something in their fields) have declared that there are limits to what reasoning can detail. They sense something deeper but the proof always eludes them. They submit to this greater power that ensures them the intuitive insight and thereby they become extremely humble. They trust this greater force but in most cases they realize this very late in their lives. Vedanta says ask yourself deeper questions early.

What are miracles and to whom does it happen? It happens to people who trust! Be it trust in Gods, God Men, Science, or anything else; it is trust that enables one to see miracles! But how will one develop trust without having seen miracles in the first place. The intelligent mind wants proof before trusting. In this process of searching for proof without adequate development of the intellect or reasoning power, we become critical and doubtful about everything. In fact many times the ability to destroy belief through rational questioning is seen as intelligence. No wonder that in most cases it’s only a calamity or loss that makes one seek miracles.

Which should come first? Seeing a miracle or trust? It’s like the typical “which came first” challenge – there is no right answer. But the truth is, it is a cyclical process. Most people in arts seem to give in to the muse or the divine power or whatever they call it and in the process allow the greatest of works to happen through them. Scientists exploring the outside world take a long time to reach the stage that an Einstein or Bohm reached? Most don’t! So they don’t end up even asking the question.

Life must be a good mix of reasoning and miracles. To see miracles one needs trust – else we dismiss all miracles. On the contrary one must not accept every incident that can’t be explained as miracles – then the process of reasoning stops. So it is a mutually reinforcing process – one of trusting and one of seeing and experiencing miracles.

Think about it.


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