The kitten attitude


How many times do we worry about lack of clarity in our understanding of reality and about our purpose in life! How many times we wonder why we are put up in such miserable circumstances! We try hard to find out the cause of our misery whenever we go through bad times, as if by finding the cause we can set things straight… (curiously, we never try to find the cause of our happiness, we just go about enjoying the happy times). Can we really trace down the cause of whatever happens to its very origin?

The truth is, we can never precisely find out the cause of everything that happens. We may satisfy ourselves with different astrological theories, scientific theories, but none of these is infallible. At a particular time or a particular circumstance a theory may seem to make sense, but at some other time, it looks incapable. That’s because the field of human perception is very limited. What we see, what we hear, what we perceive as the world is only a tiny fraction of the totality of what really is. The moment we think we have figured out the secret of all life, something totally unexpected happens and we are baffled.

Then, what is the way? The way is to accept that we can’t know everything, and then accept things as they are, drive away all our worries and do our best according to our current level of understanding.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says,

Well, give God the power of attorney. If a man entrusts his affairs to a good person, will the latter do him any harm? With all the sincerity of your heart resign yourself to God and drive all your worries out of your mind. Do whatever duties He has assigned to you. The kitten does not have a calculating mind. It only cries, ‘Mew, mew!’ It lies in the kitchen contentedly if the mother cat leaves it there, and only calls the mother, crying, ‘Mew, mew!’ It has the same feeling of contentment when the mother cat puts it on the soft bed of the master of the house.

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, chapter 32)

The reality is too big for us and we can’t know all her secrets. A calculating mind only ends up in frustration. So it’s better to resign yourself to God (or nature or reality or whatever you call it) and drive all worries out of your mind.  If there is anything you need to know, it will be revealed. Be sincere, enjoy all that happens. All that happens, just happens.

Also read: The entire universe is yours!

(Photo by Malingering)


2 thoughts on “The kitten attitude

  1. What we see, feel & perceive is all true but not the ‘truth’…we are a part of the created evolution or the manifestation of a master plan..the truth will be shown to us when we are ready to receive it..a friend of mine narrated the following story to me:
    The goal of enlightenment is for the supreme power to present himself to you….And this  is achieved by understanding ‘Maya’ and ‘Brahman’ and the difference between the two…
    Maya is true but not the truth….whereas Brahman or Atman is the truth…Maya is the dream of duality…..the universe is made up of Maya and Brahman….

    1) Vishnu and Narada were taking a walk and discussing…when Vishnu stopped and requested Narada for a glass of water…Narada went looking for water and came across a house..He knocked on the door…The door was opened by beautiful and attractive Kanya in her 20’s….Narada looked and her and desired for a wife like her…He expressed his interest to her..and she asked him to talk to her dad inside….The dad accepted the marriage proposal from Narada…both of them got married and were living happily with 3 kids…Then one day, a flood washes the village….Narada loses all his materialistic belongings…and clings on to his children…But the flood takes away one kid at a time…Narada is heartbroken and clings on to his wife…but the flood takes away his wife too…..And Narada opens his eyes and realizes that its been a few minutes and that Vishnu is still waiting for the water….What Narada experienced was Maya because he forgot Vishnu…..So Maya is true but not the truth….

  2. So it is. It’s there, yet it’s not. Mahathi, thanks for the comment, and thanks for the story. Just the kind of reminder I needed right now!

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