One of the greatest forces in the universe is that which makes life prevail, proliferate and flourish. Our planet has been pounded by massive meteors, been frozen by ice age, been subject to great climatic changes and now is being gradually submerged under water. And still today, peacocks continue to dance, the great whites continue to hunt, the corals continue building reefs and humans continue making newer versions of software! Life shows tremendous determination to survive and express itself in all it diversity in an extremely dynamic and unpredictable environment. What people worship as God is merely a form given to this spirit of life.
All of life taken together is like an army that is constantly struggling to persist and develop and each one of us is a soldier in that army. We will be given all that is needed to fight this battle; this is the promise of God, this is what keeps us going. All these blessings: the circumstances, the articles and the qualities that have brought us so far and that will continue to take us forward, put together is our Providence.
This perspective towards life can help us greatly in drawing fulfilment from it. We realise that we are not individuals fighting a battle all by ourselves. Instead we are a member of an enormously huge army: The army comprising of all life. Now if we can align our own motives with the motives of this great army, we will get all that we need in life. We will be in Harmony with Providence. Being in this state God himself falls on our side. And when God is with us, who can be against us?
While making decisions, forming ambitions and setting priorities most people put themselves in the centre of this process. When we do this our desires and actions often come in conflict with that of the army we are fighting for. On the other hand, if we take into account the effect our actions have on each form of life concerned and act in the best interest of all, we align ourselves in Harmony with Providence. This is not a sacrifice. For when we are in Harmony with Providence, we become a very important component of life. Being the great survivor that it is, life efficiently recognises us and does all that it takes to maintain us and keep us happy. It spreads before us every form of true joy that exists in the world. This is the practical explanation to why a person with good morals and values leads a fulfilling life.
The software company Google in its site for its charitable venture “project 10 to the 100th” states, “...new studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people.” This is because by helping others we align our motives with the motives of the army. We not only become great warriors ourselves, but we also empower others to do so. And thus we make our life fall in Harmony with Providence.
People who are greedy, selfish or corrupt seem to be enjoying their lives but their joys are always short lived and incomplete. They are in discord with Providence. Sooner or later such people become failures. This is because their battles are for themselves and are not in the interest of the army.
Thus we see that greater impact we create on the world around us, the more fulfilling our lives become. On the other hand, the more self centred we get the lesser becomes the true joy we can extract from life. A person who is perfectly in Harmony with Providence leads a perfect life.