Essays from The Education of a Bengali Gentleman –
Bhakti, Prem and Puja #2 – Children Learn by Imitation
I remember writing an email to you on the same topic where I described how Prem, Love, is the main ingredient that binds us close together. That Prem is also the love for God and Guru Maharaj Ji as exemplified in our lives, and that Prem inspires our Puja, which is Bhakti, also love, for Guru Maharaj Ji.
For a long time now Guru Maharaj Ji has been the driving force in our lives. He is also the rock in our lives. Like the rock on which Jesus built his church through the love and service of St. Peter. Do you at any wonder why humans feel both joy and sorrow? Was there a time when there was joy only? Then, how did we come into sorrow? These questions make us feel ignorant about the origin of man, the world, the universe, the present and the future. I wonder what you do to renew joy and rise out of sorrow. For it is when we can renew our joy and rise out of our sorrow that we can help others. That is the knowledge that helps us the ultimate reality of life.
In the quest for this knowledge humans turn to books, history, religion, politics, philosophy, science, adventure and even common sense. Some will argue they have found the definite answer and welcome us to walk their path. That faith and belief will help us walk the narrow path and some light will surely guide us home. Yet again and again humans find themselves at the beginning of the journey too tired to embark on a new quest.
Yes, in my own personal quest I have pondered on these inquiries. Again and again I have seen, known and felt that Guru Maharaj Ji has been there to urge me on. If life is a discovery, a journey, there will be pitfalls natural and man made. Everyone in their own way will seek an answer and assert their success. But for most of us, we want to simply renew our joy and rise out of our sorrow. I carefully chose to say “rise out of our sorrow” because I am uncertain if there is an end to sorrow or should there be such an Utopia.
My Bhakti, Prem and Puja for Guru Maharaj Ji gives me the courage to love all of you and continue to be in peace, happiness and joy. I write and share so that if you stop and wonder, you can imitate us. For Children Learn by Imitation.