Experience Divinity Through Social Service

We observe that while building up the Universe, God appears to have considered five basic elements which constitute the primary factors of Creation. They are true representatives of God. If we go through the properties of each element, we find them so essential that in absence of any element we can not contemplate any life.

The first is the earth. It is the base on which mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, cities and villages rest on the earth. Home to millions of species, including humans, Earth is the only place in the universe where life is known to exist. It provides resources that are exploitable by humans for useful purposes. Some of these are non-renewable resources, such as mineral fuels, that are difficult to replenish on a short time scale. Though the earth is constantly rotating, it holds in position all that rests on it. But what is the base on which the earth so revolves? It is the Divine Principle which regulates the function of this planet.

The second element is water. A common chemical substance, it is essential for the survival of all known forms of life. Present everywhere, water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapour, clouds (formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in air), and precipitation. A cell of Escherichia coli contains 70% of water, a human body 60–70%, plant body up to 90% and the body of an adult jellyfish is made up of 94–98% water.

The third is fire which is also omnipresent. Indeed, all living beings function because of the existence of this factor that is the digestive fire. Fire is present even in inanimate objects like rocks. Otherwise, how else could fire be produced by striking stone against stone? Heating, that is also representative of fire. Fire is the oxidation of a combustible material releasing heat, light, and various reaction products such as carbon dioxide and water. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma. Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning.

The fourth element is air. It is a layer of gases surrounding the Earth that is retained by its gravity. Dry air contains roughly (by volume) 78.08% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, and 0.038% carbon dioxide with some other useful gases. Air also contains a variable amount of water vapor, on average around 1%. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface through heat retention (greenhouse effect), and reducing temperature extremes between day and night. Although air is not visible to the eye, its presence can be noticed in a breeze or storm. In living beings, it exists as the inner vital force.

The fifth element is space that too is present everywhere. It is the boundless, three-dimensional extent in which objects and events occur and have relative position and direction. It encompasses every thing visible to us. Generally, it is the part of the atmosphere visible from the surface of any astronomical object. It accommodates us and gives us liberty to move about and so essential for our activities and life.
Since these five elements are present around us, we accept that they have been created by God to let us enjoy our lives. A misbalance amongst their presence or absence of any element threatens our living. For example, air goes out of our body, we can not survive for a second thereafter and we are declared dead. When there is no life we may have, we can imagine that there is nothing present for us in this world or elsewhere – we may perhaps not be able to feel anything through a dead body. These elements are true representatives of God.

Those of us who do not accept the omnipresence of God develop antagonisms based on religion, caste and race. Except male and female, God did not create any particular caste, religion or race. These concepts have been created by man with the development of civilization to create specific social conducts. But even then, all religions accept the timelessness and the omnipresence of God. So it is strange that even those, who accept this truth, display such narrowness of mind. For, hatred between people professing different religions leads ultimately to the destruction of faith in religion itself. Those who are bent upon destroying religion must be utterly thoughtless. All religions are good – they profess love amongst their followers and ways to the ultimate reality. What has to be destroyed is religious bigotry and not religion itself.

The mind that animates the senses is stronger than the sense organs themselves. The eyes, for instance, are merely tools for seeing, but ‘seeing’ itself is a power that is superior to them. Similarly, hearing power is higher than the ear. The mind is superior to the sense organs. The mind exercises intelligence, the power of discrimination. We consider that there is something, some Divine power which operates our life. Between us and that Divine power there is the veil of materialism. When this veil falls, the individual and the universal self become one.

By piercing through the veil, when the mind turns away from the senses for enlightenment, divine bliss begins to flow. The day we start to feel that we are here for a limited time and may amass the essentials for that particular time only, we may develop the sense of charity, sense of service by helping others, distributing our extra pleasures to others, participating in their sorrows and creating infrastructure for the social welfare. We can set up schools, colleges, vocational training institutes, health centers, recreational clubs, spirituality centres, old age help aids centres, De-addiction Centers, Rehabilitation Centres, launching Anti-terror, Anti-corruption, social reforms movements. We can create political awareness programmes, we can take up environmental schemes and all those activities which may help make this earth heaven for the inhabitants. If we can not activate ourselves by our direct involvement, we can create organizations to undertake such activities on our behalf or we can contribute to such organizations who are working sincerely in this direction. This spiritual discipline will make us turn our vision inwards towards achieving our highest goal. God will be happy to see us doing all such jobs selflessly.

Service to mankind is also an important way to realize the Divine. Service helps to make our life significant and purposeful. Divine grace can be conferred by rendering social service in a selfless manner. Every act of service, however small, is service to the Divine. We may demonstrate this by reverential behavior, selfless service and a life of integrity.

Be Happy – Experience Divinity Through Social Service