2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. Covid-19 and lockdowns, a crashing economy, social tensions and anxiety – they’ve all created a sense of fear and hopelessness in so many people. As we welcome a New Year, so much in our lives, feels overwhelming, frustrating, unmanageable….but at these times it is most important to remember that we are not alone. God is always with us.
Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji shares a simple message that reminds us of this…
“There is a beautiful story of a young toddler playing in a sandbox. As the young boy shovelled and dug and built in the box, he came upon a large rock in the sand. No matter how much he tried to dig around it, the rock would not dislodge. Thus, he began to try to push it with all his might, trying to move it at least to the edge of the sandbox. Yet still, the rock was too heavy for his small body and undeveloped muscles. Finally, his eyes became red, and he began to cry out of frustration. A large shadow suddenly appeared across the sandbox and the little boy looked up at his father. “I can’t move the rock,” the boy exclaimed. “And it’s right in the middle of my hole.” The boy’s father replied, “My child, you have not yet used all your strength.” “Oh yes, Papa, I have. I have tried and tried to move it but it is too heavy. I cannot do it.”
The father leaned down into the sandbox and easily removed the large rock, laying it carefully on the ground outside the box. “My child, you may have used all the strength in your arms, but I am also your strength. You just had to ask for help and I would have come immediately to remove the rock from your hole.”
In our lives too, we forget that we have another source of strength. No rock is too big or heavy for Him. No hurdle or challenge is insurmountable by Him. We must simply ask Him, with sincerity, purity and love, to come and help us remove the obstacles on our path.
We have been given intellect, intuition, purity, piety and faith so that we may overcome anything and everything. By maintaining our deep connection to God (by whatever name, whatever form, whatever religion you may be) we become able to tap into the boundless well of courage, fearlessness, steadfastness and creativity.
This is such a powerful time and we’ve been involved in some really intense influxes of Light to help shift consciousness. I believe that everybody, at some level, is aware that something of tremendous magnitude is taking place on the planet – so in this New Year, let us remember that God is always there for us, always ready to remove the heavy and stuck rocks on our path.
Let us never despair or become overwhelmed by frustration or tension, and let us continue to dismantle the barriers to LOVE…