Thursday, July 7, 2016
WHY GOD NEVER SPEAKS??
Prof. Dewakar Goel
We all go to the temple, mosque, church, or gurudwara depending upon our faith and religion,we may not find a statue in mosque and gurudwara because it is not there in Islam and Sikhism but in the church and temple we pray as if God is before us.Large number of people visit religious places offering money, fruits, Prasad and what not,but one thing is there thatGod never speaks. In spiteof ringing the church and temple bells, chanting mantrasand lot of music, with instruments but God never speaks and keeps silent. Whyis it so? Have you ever thought about it?
There is a story behind. There was a cleaner in temple who had been doing the cleaning job for decades and always observed that God never speaks. One day he stoodin front of statue of God and prayed in verysincere manner with a wish to play the role of God for a day. He asked God, “I have beenobserving you sincelast two decades while cleaning yourstatue and surroundings that you keep complete silence, and do not get affected by prayers and mantras.”The cleaner pleaded God to give him opportunity for playinghis role. He wassurprised when God agreed to his request for playing his role for a day. The cleaner was very happy and said” God give me some piece of advice to act ina perfect manner.” God replied “while playing my role you should make sure that in spite of all provocations by the devotees and visitors, you keep silent and remain like astatue don’t show any gestures, it is not easy to keep silent but it is necessary because if I speak, the whole system will get disturbed.”Cleaner promised to obey the instructions of God.
Next day as usual the temple opened and cleaner stood in place of God like a statue. He was quite certain in his mind to obey instructions of the God for keeping silent so as to act like a statue.
In the morning one poor man came with tears in eyes andprayed for money “God I am unable to meet two ends, my family is starving so please, God give me some money.” With this prayer he stood before the statue of God with folded hands and closed eyes. After sometime a very rich man came and prayed to God for mental peace. He said “God I have lot of money and all riches of life,but I am unable to have peace of mind. The money is so much with me that I have no place to keep. Idon’t know how to spend money. I havesleepless nights due to unwanted tensions. I am ready to spend money to attain peace but it is not coming.” The rich man also closed his eyes and with fold hands stood in front of God. Meanwhile another man came to the temple who happened to be a fisherman. His prayer was different from others since he wanted safety of his life for his journey in the sea as there was possibility of stormsin the seaand his visit was necessary for fishing. He was quite apprehensive for his life so he prayed God for safe fishing. The fisher man repeatedly prayed for no storms on the day of his visit. Like others the fisherman also closed his eyes and stood before the God with folded hands. Thereafterthe rich man went away,when the poor man was still there. He opened his eyes looking here and there and found that apursecontaining lot of money was lying on the floor, probably it was the purse of rich man which had fallen down. Looking at the purse, the poor man thankedGod for getting so much money. He said “God thank you so much for listening to my prayer and fullfiling my wish with this money.” He was very happy forgetting the purse,and great joy he went away.
The rich man while on his way to home realized that his purse full of money was not there. Heimmediately rushed to the police station and complained about losing the money.The police personnel accompanied him to the temple in search of his purse and found that the fisher man was still therein the temple, the rich man shouted.” “This is the same person who was standing beside me here and I am sure that he must have taken the purse.” The police man arrested the fisherman and he was taken to the lock up. The rich man was not so bothered about his purse and relaxed once the fisher man was taken to the police station.
The above episode happened before the cleaner who was acting like God. He immediately came out of the temple and shouted “it’s all going wrong, I have seen that the fisherman is innocent, in fact poor man who was standing in the temple had taken the purse.Icannot tolerate this injustice.” The police personnel interrogated the fisherman and went searching for the poor man. Later they found the purse in his house. Now the fisherman was set free for fishing in the sea and the poor man was taken behind bars. The cleaner got satisfied for getting the justice done in the matter and with relaxed mind came back to the temple.
In the evening, God came to occupy his place. The cleaner narrated the story as to how he did justice by telling the truth. God said“you made promise to me that you won’t speak, then why did you speak?You were supposed to keep silent, you don’t know what grave injustice you have done?” The cleaner was at loss to hear this. He said “God I believe in truth and couldn’t tolerate the injustice, how can youthink that I should have remained mum, seeing the plight of that fisherman whohad gone to jail without his fault.” God replied “see your breaking silence took his life because there was a big storm in the sea which took hislife. Had he been in jail his life could have been saved. Look at the poor man he is in jail and his family must be cursing you. If you could remain silent, the things would have been the other way round, the poor man would be happy, the fisherman’s life would have been saved and as far as the rich man is concerned the loss has not bothered him as he had no charm for it.”The cleaner was stunned, he had no answer, and he could realize that God was right because things would have taken right turn making life easy for all if he had not broken his promise to keep silent.
The above incident justifies as to why God is silent in the church and the temple because he has made the destiny. The things happen as per destiny.Whateverhappens, in life is fixed but how we meet is in our hands. Whatever happens it has to happen that’s why we don’t find any visible interference of God in our activities.I hope that this story makes sense in giving the answer, “why God doesn’t speak.”
Prof. (Dr.) Dewakar Goel is a Science & Law Graduate with Masters in Business Administration. Having specialized in Labour Laws from Indian Law Institute, he did his Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and also in Training & Development from ISTD. A Ph.D. in Management under guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Sadhan Das Gupta, Calcutta University. He acquired INDIA -ICAO Fellowship in the year 2010.
In the beginning of the career, he practiced as Advocate at Delhi High Court. Dr. Goel has authored 12 books which includes books on Management and Law published by eminent publishers. His books have been translated into Bangla, Tamil, Urdu and other languages.
Having served in the private sector for over seven years as a hard core HR Professional dealing with Personnel & Administration. He topped in the merit list for selection at managerial position in the government sector and stepped up in the ladder of hierarchy while serving in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta and Chennai. He rose to the level of HR head during last one decade in the most prestigious schedule “A” PSE.
Dr. Goel is Doctoral Research Supervisor in Business Management, Banasthali
University and also Advisory Board Member, Centre for Financial Planning Training
& Research for Women, Banasthali University, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
American University of India, Kodaikanal and Pondicherry University. He is also
Research examiner for Indian institute of public administration and other reputed universities.
Adding feathers to his cap, he is HR Consultant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada and Human Performance Technologist of International Air Transport Association (IATA) Geneva, Switzerland. He is a Visiting Faculty and Advisor of highly regarded Management Institutes in India and abroad. He has addressed large number of National & International Conferences as Chairperson and Key Note Speaker.
As multi-faceted personality, he has been profiled by print & media in newspapers and TV channels for his poems, stories, articles and research papers are published in national & international journals.
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