When I started to read the “Thought for the Day” from Sri Easwaran, included below, it stopped me for a brief second. Sri Easwaran advising all to take a gamble! Well, he is talking about a very special type of gamble so, as I did, do not stop even for a second. Read on and you will quickly see the wisdom in his advice. I must warn you though. If you are like me, the advice is not going to be easy to follow diligently.:(
Abide in peace, banish cares, take no account of all that happens, and you will serve God according to His good pleasure, and rest in Him.
– SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS
We have many stories from the Hindu scriptures about gambling, some about kings who lost entire kingdoms gambling at dice. There is the moving story of King Yudhishthira, who lost his kingdom and went into exile, and yet came back, after a terrible battle, to regain everything through the grace of Sri Krishna.
Many people are tempted to gamble, to take risks, when the stakes are high. The mystics would ask us, “Why don’t you bet on goodness? Try to be kind to someone who is unkind to you, and look upon it as a gamble.”
Of course we are not sure how the other person is going to respond – that is the thrill of it. If they add insult to injury, why not double your bet? Isn’t that what people do at roulette? You just keep on doubling your bet until one day you redeem all your losses.
It may not work at the casino, but in life this is the only strategy that pays in the end. After all, what every one of us is trying to do is get our hands on the real treasures of life – rich relationships and resources for contributing to the happiness of all. This is what everybody wants, and to get it we have to gamble on goodness.