Use it or lose it

Baba says, ‘you must use your treasures‘. When this treasure-store is open, thieves will not come. 

For half a cycle, I had forgotten who I am and Whom I belonged to. Because of this, I squandered my inheritance – I wasted my thoughts, time, virtues, powers and knowledge. All my accounts bottomed out.

Then, Baba came. He reminded me of who I am and of my attainments. Turns out, I lost my inheritance because I stopped using it….in a worthwhile way. I stopped using my thoughts and time for anything elevated, I wasted them. I didn’t use my virtues, I acquired vices instead. I didn’t use my spiritual powers, hard to do…considering I didn’t remember I am a spirit.

Now, Baba says, is the time to accumulate in all these accounts. To do so, I do the opposite – I use them in a worthwhile way.

Perishable treasures run out and decrease as you spend them, whereas the more I use all these treasures for the self and for others with a pure attitude, the more they will increase and accumulate. Here, using the treasures is the method to accumulate them. When I use time for an auspicious task for myself or for others and it will continue to increase. Similarly, the more I use virtues and powers, the more they will increase.

Don’t think like people do‘, says Baba, ‘they keep everything in a locker and think that they have accumulated a lot‘.

Often, we tend to do the same – we think that we have a lot of knowledge in our intellect, that we also have a lot of virtues and powers: ‘My attitude is always very good’…but how much of it was used in a worthwhile way? ‘My sanskars are those of peace anyway’…but how much were they put to use in a worthwhile way? It’s no good to have them if I can’t or don’t use them. When I apply the point of knowledge in a situation, when I invoke a virtue or a power during my interaction with someone, it becomes a sanskar. Unless I act, I don’t create a habit. Unless it is a habit or sanskar, it is not part of my nature. I cannot store something just as information for long, I will forget. But if I’ve used it and made it part of my nature, it is with me permanently, I don’t have the fear of losing it or of someone stealing it from me.

There is no danger in keeping the treasures with you and using them‘, says Baba. ‘When this treasure-store is open, thieves will not come. If you keep it closed, thieves will come.

In other words, if I have created a sanskar, I will not be deceived when a paper comes, as they do…suddenly – if I have never used the power of tolerance, then, when someone is rude to me, I will be caught off guard and become peaceless. It is as if, the other person stole my power from me and the old sanskars continued to work. But if I have used the power a few times, then, when that paper comes suddenly…because it is already part of my nature, I respond with tolerance…naturally. I own it.

Keep a chart’, Baba says, ‘of how much you used everything in a worthwhile way‘. This is the method good businesspeople use to ensure they are doing well.

To use something in a worthwhile way means to use it and increase it. Let me check if my treasures are increasing – the litmus test is to observe if the right power or virtue show up at the right time. If not, then, I need to course correct. I need to use those treasures with attention until they become part of my nature. Every aspect of the children of God – my thoughts, words, actions, interactions, my company, my attitude- are precious, to be used to uplift the self and others….is that how I am using them? If yes, then, Baba says, it will continue to increase without any effort and I will become a constantly great donor.

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