Life is very benevolent, very compassionate.
Last evening, Vaani and I wanted to go meet someone. The meeting was not obligatory or confirmed. But we thought we would take a chance. We walked in one direction for a while but at a point where we had to cross an important intersection we found two hurdles – incessant traffic and a huge puddle of water after some heavy showers earlier in the hour. So, we decided to hang a right and walk down the pavement to see if we could cross the road at some point. But a traffic snarl and more water on the road made crossing over difficult. Soon, we found we had walked further away from our intended destination. With a slight drizzle beginning to come down, we thought it best to abandon the plan to visit this person and instead hailed an auto-rickshaw to get back home.
The auto driver was unusually respectful. He didn’t haggle over the fare and offered to drive us home. At one of the traffic lights, as we waited, he turned around and asked us if we could connect him with an institution or individual who can support the payment of his son’s college fees. He showed us documents in evidence of his son’s academic progress. The boy, it was evident, is faring very well. But the fee was overdue by two weeks and he risked being rusticated. We kept talking with the auto driver on the rest of the ride. When we reached our home, while I paid him the fare, Vaani told him not to either worry or feel despondent. She went on to tell him, briefly, the story of our son Aashirwad’s miraculous graduation in 2012 from the University of Chicago (Read more here: Fall Like A Rose Petal). After sharing the anecdote with the auto driver, Vaani told him to hang in there. She said, “If he has come this far through college, he will complete it. Whatever is ordained alone happens. So, keep up your efforts, a way will soon be born.” The auto driver thanked her profusely and said that he was very grateful for “the message”.
And that’s what our auto ride last evening was really all about. It was about delivering “the message” of hope and faith to the man based on our own experience. Consider this – we were not even headed in the direction where we eventually met him. We had no plans of returning home around the time that we did. How often does one feel like chatting up with an auto driver in Chennai? Perhaps, his courteousness made Vaani share our experience with him. Over dinner, both Vaani and I concurred that he was just ordained to receive “the message” that Life was giving him – and we were the chosen messengers.
In my Book, Fall Like A Rose Petal, I do share several anecdotes where the Universe, Life, has sent me messages through people, events and things. For instance, I recall that dark day in April 2007 when I was standing in a lane off Haddows Road in Chennai, opposite the bank where we had an account; our first cheque had bounced for lack of funds and with no income stream, I felt it was all over for us. Just then a car moved into the vacant parking spot ahead of me. And four words on a sticker on the car’s rear windscreen delivered me “the message” – the sticker read, “Never Ever Give Up”! I can’t say what would have happened had I not received that message that morning. But see what receiving that message has done to me, to us – it has helped us not just survive, but also grow and evolve through a tumultuous decade, despite our excruciating circumstances!!!
I have understood that the Universe, the Cosmic Design, Life, is very benevolent, very compassionate. You will always get what you need – and that includes messages or signs that reassure you, that clarify, that answer your questions or that which simply point you in a direction that you must take. If you are tuned into Life’s energy, by anchoring in faith and patience, you will pick up those signals, you will receive those messages – at the right time, at the right place, through the most unlikely messengers; and only you will be able to see or sense those messages. Others around you will not be able to understand these signs. And in the event that you fail to see or pick up those signs and messages, they will be served again and again and again. Until, of course, you eventually get it! That’s why I feel that Life is very benevolent, very compassionate.