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Monday, February 3, 2014

Miracles do happen!


Have you ever witnessed a miracle? 

Sometimes, certain things may tend to fall in place only to fall apart eventually. 
Sometimes certain things seem to be going haywire, only to miraculously or mysteriously set in.

Most of the time, when we're in the process of doing something and it doesn't turn out the way we planned, we get annoyed. We also say 'God, I wish this turned out better', but in a hurried and half-hearted manner because we're more concerned about the final output than about praying to God, at that point of time. It's almost like you know it wouldn't happen, but you're just saying it because you've run out of things to say. It is basically just a formality.
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But, did you know? In certain situations if you really want something and you earnestly pray for it (after putting in your share of hard work), there is a good chance that it might happen. The words uttered to God would still be the same, but now you know you really want it to happen and you cannot afford to be sarcastic or doubtful. So you utter them with all sincerity. It's definitely not just a formality. For all you know, you might be destined for it.

Speaking of destiny, you might feel that the entire concept sounds foolish. After all, if things are destined to happen in a certain way, how would a prayer/wish influence the outcome of an event. I had this confusion till I stumbled upon these words:

Someone asked God, 'If everything is already written in destiny, then why should we wish for something?'

God smiled and replied 'May be in a few places I would have written- As you wish'


Above all this, try as much as you may, certain things do not seem to be cut out for you. You've probably known all along and later you know for sure that it just wouldn't happen. It might be disappointing but we've to accept that we are probably destined for better (read greater)things in life. We would be heart broken on realizing that the most awaited event would not materialize. But at the same time, trying not to get too emotional about it and slowly accepting the fact that perhaps it all happens for a good reason, some good reason (it better be damn good!) makes it somewhat easier to handle things in a better way.

Heaven does hide from its creatures, the holy book of fate. We might never know when things would happen the way we want and when they don't. But we know there is a probability of things happening the right way, our way. If there is a probability, why not give it an optimistic try?

Sometimes miracles do happen, you just have to wish for it.

67 comments:

  1. It depends on the size of the problem.It may be half hearted prayer for small things like missing a train or not getting a three wheeler to be at a spot on time but the prayer is always intense if the issue is serious.And miracles do happen,Ashwini

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    1. Perhaps the intensity depends on the seriousness as you said. And I totally agree :-)

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  2. I read it somewhere when I was a child - "God helps those who helps themselves" and have been a believer of this sentence since.. Blindly believing in God without doing our part is not the way God wanted it to be.. Give your best and leave the rest to God.. And when we do, miracles do happen! :)

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    1. Yes, expecting God to bless us without doing our part is not what we all think is right. They do happen :-)

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  3. Interesting post. I have a different view. I am a believer in God. But I no longer believe in praying (even very sincerely and dedicatedly) God for giving me something. I am not sure if He is moved by our prayers or not. It is like flipping a coin regarding your wishes. 50% of the time it is head. 50% of the time it is tail. So whether you pray or not, believe in God or not, 50% of your wishes will automatically come true. If that happens, we run to the temples to do archanais and abhishekams, put money in the Hundi and even offer our hair.

    I have seen people pray God in so many ways to alleviate their sufferings. They do anga pradhakshinam, adi pradhakshinam, complete fasting on a particular day of the week, chant prayers and slokams 3 times a day, visit temples regularly, and in so many other ways. Does God listen to them and do something to better their lives? I think not. If someone’s suffering has been cured, it means it came in the 50% heads category.

    Sometimes, I even wonder about the existence of God. A study recently came out that said “God” is a creation by the society leaders (thousands of years ago) to make ordinary people live a disciplined life. Means instill the fear of God in people’s mind so they behave properly in society. If you do something wrong God will punish you. If you do something right God will reward you. You pray God your wishes will come true.

    In order to end this long comment in a humorous note, here is my take (from a comedy movie). Thousands of years ago, Indians and Romans were very rich and they could afford many Gods. Then came recently, only 2000 years ago, Christianity. At that time they were so poor, they could afford only one God.

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    1. Interesting.

      The question surrounding the existence is something which each one can answer in a different way. But I agree with what you say. God does not ask us to fast for three days, or chant prayers and slokas. We believe that if we do all that, God will perhaps pay heed to our suffering and grace his blessings. We take it upon ourselves to assume that if we do this, God will do that.

      Sometime back I came across this. A person had prayed to God asking him to save his friend who had met with a terrible accident. He says that, if his friend is cured he would fast for a day (or something similar, in those lines). Hearing him pray, and old man asked him what he was doing. The person said he was praying to God, to which the old man said that this is not praying, this is more like a business. The person who had come to pray was shocked to hear these words. The old man said, if you want to do something for God, do it on your own and do not have any motives behind it. (Like fasting if God does something that they asked for.)

      Everything has a probability. A random probability. Since its random, we can never trace out a pattern or even state for sure that something would happen/wouldn't happen 50% of the times.

      So, there is no universal rule that one should do something for their pleas to be heard. Each one does what they feel would be right.

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  4. Miracles do happen but as you rightly said one has to do his karma and leave the rest to almighty, which is the basis of Bhagavadgita:)

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    1. Perfect Sir. I had written this post with the same thought and the same reference as the basis. :-)

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  5. I think in my story, God has written "AS YOU WISH" everywhere!!!
    But I am too lost! :)
    Great post!

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    1. At least you can be happy everything is happening the way you want :-) Thank you :-)

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    2. My story is almost the same as Red Handed's, but slowly with time I am learning to be careful in what I wish for.

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    3. You are a living miracle, just take care of what you wish/ask for :-)

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  6. SG,
    I do agree with you about approaching God with a shopping list.
    However in times of real crisis when you are totally helpless and you surrender to God in complete faith,He listens.
    But some karmas have to be liquidated only by suffering.

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    1. I think this has got to do more with the individual. Surrendering to God completely is one thing, but generally the more we feel guilty about something the more we tend to put ourselves through voluntary suffering, something for which we think we deserved to be punished, but somehow escaped.

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  7. Sometimes, we'll be glad that we didn't get what we wanted badly when we were younger!

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Yes, when looking at the big picture, it might seem that it happened for our good.

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  8. Yes we must be optimistic and keep trying. :)
    Great refreshing read!

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    1. Grounded Optimism It is. A term I cam across today. Thank you :-)

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  9. Interesting post and interesting comments too. Instead of looking at God as a supremo making yes and no choices to prayers one should see the concept as a power that pervades all existing things . Believing that 'whatever happens is for good ' and that 'everything has a reason' will help us move forward. In movies would we appreciate if there were no twists and turns or drama and it's dull and monotonous? The same is life though we play the parts . One cannot appreciate food without hunger or joy without sorrow. Look at the big picture. We a're just a tiny speck in the vast expanse of the universe.

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    1. Well said. It would be better if we learn to accept things without lamenting over them. When we learn to accept the small sacrifices which we've had to make, the big picture might be more than what we wanted!

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  10. Sometimes miracles do happen, you just have to wait for it. :)

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    1. Yes. We need to have the patience for it too :-)

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  11. Wow.. a lovely post! "Don't wait for the miracle to happen, just be the miracle!"- this was a lovely line I heard in "Bruce Almighty"!

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    1. Thank you :-) Yes sometimes more than waiting for things to happen, we need to take initiative and make things happen.

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  12. Yes i do believe in this.. Great post..

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  13. I do believe in God as well as Miracle. To wish for a miracle is a line of hope. And that's what our thought process towards positivism. Great post!

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    1. Thank you Uma :-) Staying positive and wishing for something to happen is actually a good thing. Things might not turn out the way we expected but at least it teaches us to stay positive.

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  14. Ashwini your header only tells us you are spiritual and this post too amplifies it.I would rather go with KP &Binu.
    God exists but if much weightage is given to our prayers--i am doubtful.
    I believe our actions write our future and if i have erred i will have to pay for it.

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    1. Probably, weightage after our share of work is done? As I said, there is no rule or process. We human beings hope that things would get better with a prayer :-)

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  15. OHhh miracles def do happen, n i blv that thr def is a supreme power, way beyond our understanding. Prayers , yes heal the heart, give a sense of belonging, a feeling of security. Prayer is definitely a way to let your inner most desires out to the universe :) ..Personally, i believe in the energy of Prayers, and the sanctity offered by lit candles. :)

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    1. Wonderfully expressed. Prayer is a way to let our desires to the universe. :-)

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  16. Miracles happen when you more than wish , I mean when you have given your part in bringing forth a miracle.
    As for the talk of destiny , prayer etc, we may not talk much about them if we remember that the sun will rise and set without us and we are no cog in any wheel for the world to turn around.

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    1. As much as we'd like to make a difference to the world, we have to understand that even if we dont, things will still be the same. Interesting perspective :-)

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  17. Wonderful thought provoking post! I believe in God and the power of prayers and I believe in miracles. I remember reading that miracles are like pimples, once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you'd see.
    So as you rightly said, miracles do happen, you just have to wish for it.

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    1. Yes, once we consciously start looking for them, we realize how many of them are around and how we took them for granted. Thank you :-)

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  18. Reminds me of a quote from Alchemist - “When you really want something to happen, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.” . But I think we need to put enough effort from our side and then leave it to God and miracles.

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    1. So true. I loved the book and the quotes that kept cropping up. I firmly believe int his too, as long as the effort has also been given from our side.

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  19. After facing so many hardships in almost all the fronts, now I don't think. I take a day as it comes. I don't believe in destiny. I do what I possibly can. I wish, 'as you wish' comes true in my life at least once.

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    1. It will Saru. You might now know how many people would love to live the life you're living, though they might not have known the hardships you've had to face. You've come such a long way with your hardwork, you might not have realized it but you are/would be blessed :-)

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  20. So true Ashwini. Miracles do happen. As you said- all we got to do is work hard enough for something and be optimistic. And if the strength to be optimistic comes from praying then we better do it sincerely. Who knows which prayer might be answered...:)

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    1. It's such a wonderful combination, an optimistic hardworker. Nothing to lose if we utter a prayer too :-)

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  21. I too am a believer in the philosophy of 'make a wish' and it will come true. Because when you make a wish, you also start working towards it. And then, universe conspires to make it happen if we are sincere about our desires. There is one more thing I believe in - be thankful for whatever comes your way. There are positives everywhere, in failures too, just that they might not always be visible to us at all times. Beautiful thoughts, Ash. :)

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    1. Exactly my point Arti. When we really wish for something the mind automatically formulates a plan to set things right. Miracles do happen, we might not be able to see it. Thank you :-)

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  22. We definitely need to believe in miracles!

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  23. I believe in miracles too, Ashwini :) Nicely expressed.

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  24. Oh yes, miracles happen, and thank God for them :-)

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    1. Of course, he was the one who makes it possible, every single time :-)

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  25. recently my uncle was telling me, thought has a lot of power..positive thoughts and positive things tend to happen..
    so if you deeply want something to happen, don't let the thought creep in that what if it won't happen..just that it will happen...if it doesn't happen, then dealing with it is a different story :) and miracles, sometimes yes they do happen

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    1. Yes, we tend to underestimate the power of a positive powerful thought. As you said we shouldn't be worried of the what its. It all comes with experience.

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  26. I have experienced a miracle and it could only be described as such. It brought me closer to God because I realized not only did He realize I was a live but that He was paying attention. Great post! ♥

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    1. Thank you :-) Yes, it always makes one feel happy if we realize someone is paying attention to what we say.

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  27. I agree. My little sisters birth was a miracle. Every day of her life we now count her blessings. All the odds were agains her and now she is a young adult and laughing at all the doctors.

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    1. Life would be much better if we realized how lucky and gifted we are, every present moment.

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  28. Loved reading it, esp the quote - God smiled and replied 'May be in a few places I would have written- As you wish'
    It's difficult to be positive always but then I remind myself if being negative is not giving me anything better then in same situation,at least let me try to be positive.

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    1. Exactly. There is nothing to lose by staying positive. Difficult, yes. But in the long run it would make a difference.

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  29. A very thought provoking topic.
    What we consider as miracles are actually not miracles, it was just what we ourselves had destined to come across in our present lifetime, even before we were born. We were given the choice of being born in the way we wanted to be born, in the particular era, to particular parents, and it was our choice that we must go through certain things in life to become certain people. We also chose to experience whatever we are experiencing in this life, there is no foreign hand here writing our destiny.
    We have to realise also that, we are the same as the God who has created us, and that God is very knowledgeable, but all his knowledge is of no use for him or to us who are supposed to be his manifestation, for without experiencing each and every aspects of life, living life under different circumstances and living as different persons.
    We also are not bound by our past deeds, for we have the choice to change each and every aspects of our lives whenever we like to change them for our own good. It is a defeatist attitude when we say it is our fate. But again if we have led ourselves to wrongly believe so, then that will have to be our reality, for God cannot go against the our own will and beliefs. The change for good things can come the moment we change our mindset, and when we change our mindset, we see things happening for our good and we proclaim that they are all miracles.
    I totally agree with SG, the rules and regulations have been thrust on us by people ages ago to fill us with the fear of God within us, and instead of making us good people it has turned us into beggars, and also made us come up with business deals with God.
    It would be wise on our part to dwell deeper inside us to see what changes we have unconsciously brought upon ourselves, that things are falling at our feet without us even making an effort.
    I would like to quote Paula Horan ( a German author): "In some spiritual traditions this is called "doing without doing" and considered a sign of realization. Rather than being an achievement it simply is an expression of the natural state of Being which manifests the moment we let go of all the "hooks" (whatever we are attached to or identify with). Like just for example: my life is sad, nothing works for me, or nothing will ever be right, I am fated to be like this forever and so on.
    I am sorry to have taken so much space of the comment box.

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    1. First of all, Thank you for having taken your time to express your thoughts here :-)

      I like what you have said about past deeds. We do have a choice to change what happens in our life. Merely blaming it on something that happened long back, is just a way to find excuses and escape dealing with reality.

      Well, perhaps it is we who write our own destiny, and the little things which we consider as miracles may also be something we are destined for. I guess what people think of destiny is subjective :-)

      Thanks again!

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  30. Great Post. And yes miracles do happen.

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  31. Lovely post.. Soothing and beautifully written. Specially the lines-
    Someone asked God, 'If everything is already written in destiny, then why should we wish for something?'

    God smiled and replied 'May be in a few places I would have written- As you wish'.. Loved it. :)

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    1. Thank you so much :-) Glad you liked it :-)

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