Writer : Rev. Joginder Singh Ji
City : Delhi, India
Writer is Editor of Sant Nirankari English Magazine
Much more than the climatic and geographical factors, pious and sublime thoughts, articulated or otherwise, emanating from the core of heart, solemn prayers offered in utter humility and devotion and soulful eulogies in praise of the Lord, sublimate the environment at the holy places turning these into groves of peace, bliss and tranquility. Since such ennobling and elevating thoughts saturate the environment at holy places, these influence the head and heart of the visitors—atheists as well as theists.
Practically, similar is the impact of thoughts prevailing at any other place. On entering a place of worship, a person is imbued with devotional, altruistic and charitable thoughts, and even doles out alms, liberally, to the poor and needy, but, on entering a market, he begins to haggle deliberately over the price of the vegetable he wishes to purchase, knowing full well that the quoted price is fair, and at his own grocery store, he bargains hard to maximise his profit; at a monument, the admires its architecture and thinks of the royalty of the rulers of the olden times; at a pubic rally, he is enthused by patriotic fervour, and on reaching home, he is assailed by the thoughts of his domestic problems. And, interestingly, all this and much more can happen to him on the same day.
Thoughts, expressed or otherwise, continue to arise and abide, pulsate and vibrate in the cosmos in the form of waves No wonder, some day, Lord Krishna's divine sermon delivered to his devotee Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, may be picked up by us! Thought is also the basis of telepathy, prayers, goodwill ad blessings and explains how thoughts of the ancient holy and the wise continue to influence, guide and inspire us even today. This also explains how an earnest prayer of a devotee to his True Master, sitting thousands of miles away from him, is answered.
It must be millions of years ago when a thought arose, for the first time, in human mind: Is a human being merely a physical entity? And with this tarted the search for an answer about his true
identity or real self, which was to change human destiny and
eventual achievement of the cherished goals of realisation of his real or spiritual self. The inestimably long intervening period in no way dampened or diminished the impact of the thought, rather, with the advancement of human knowledge and understanding, it continued to evolve, crystalise and strengthen.
As already stated, thoughts continue to pulsate and vibrate in the cosmos, and a human being is what his thoughts are :
We are made of such stuff as thoughts are.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
—Dhammapada (R.Q. p. 987)
Evidently, no thought goes waste: Beautiful it is to understand that a sterile thought did never yet die.
—Thomas Carlyle (R.Q. p. 899)
Rather, each thought reacts : No thought, no wish, no deed go sterile in the world, but all beget after their kind and nature.
—The Book of Mirdad, p. 60
If a person thinks of causing harm to or wishes ill of another, he may or may not succeed in his design but, for sure, he cannot escape the impact of his negative thinking on himself: do not will of any man a pleasure that is to him a pain, lest you pleasure pain your more than pain.
—Ibid p. 102
For he that but conceives a crime in thought Contracts the Danger of actual fault.
—Dryden (Useful, Vol. 2, p. 270)
The holy and the wise, therefore, advise a human to always think of doing good to and wishing well of all, which will benefit him, too. Herein lies the significance of attending the holy congregation and keeping company of the good, the holy and the wise.