Baba says, ‘You are a dot, the Father is a dot and, whatever has passed, put a dot to that‘. That is all.
It is easy to feel stuck in life. I can settle where I am and think this is as good as it gets. I’ve had unfair things happen, I’ve made mistakes. I could be sitting in self pity, feeling discouraged. But Baba says, ‘forget the past, put a dot to that‘. In other words, don’t dwell on the past because if I do, not only do I cause myself unnecessary pain and suffering but I miss the new things God is doing in my life. The principle is that if I am dwelling on the old thing, on the past, then I won’t see the new thing. If I am focused on who hurt me, on past mistakes, on what wasn’t fair, I will miss my destiny.
Looking bad is also dangerous- it’s as if I am driving on the highway of life looking in the rear view mirror! Baba teaches me that what’s behind me isn’t nearly as important as what’s before me. When someone hurts me and I continue to dwell on it, I am letting them continue to hurt me. I am creating and deepening the karmic account. This, Baba says, is the time to settle, not create new accounts. Let me not give those who hurt me more power, let me let it go, put a dot. Let me give it to God, He is the Ocean. Anything I throw into the ocean will wash back clean- anger and hurt will come back as compassion and tolerance.
Remember who you are, He tells me daily. You are an ancestor soul, the roots of the human world tree. I cannot afford to be bitter and vengeful. If I am then those toxic feelings are what I am feeding the whole tree. ‘You have an immense responsibility‘, He reminds me, ‘you are not an ordinary soul‘. Your very title is great donor, He says, your task is to give blessings and receive blessings. Of course there will be opposition but that too is essential in my journey. If it was to block my destiny, God wouldn’t allow it. The fact that it is here means it is here to teach me something I need for my journey, let me pay attention. Father Brahma faced the maximum opposition and He became the #1 victorious jewel. And so, Shiv Baba says, follow father. No matter what happens, I have to give blessings in the same way as Father Brahma did. Yes, there will be those that speak or do wasteful things but like Brahma Baba, I have to give them blessings and receive blessings. Like him, I have to keep with me the power to accommodate. Baba’s attitude was, “He is just a child, he will change one day.” Have this same attitude and vision, says Baba, remind yourself: “This one is from the previous cycle, from our family. I have to transform myself and then transform others. I have to be an instrument’. Not, “I will change when he changes”, but “I have to change and change others. This is my responsibility.” Only then will blessings emerge from you and will you receive blessings, He teaches.
Giving a blessing is not about keeping your hand on their head, says Baba, it is about not allowing the hurt, the words, the offense to sit in your heart. I have to let it go not out of compulsion but out of love for my brother, for my sister. No matter what others give you, you simply give them blessings from your heart. Do you have this much courage?, asks Baba. If you do then, this year, BapDada will give extra help for the courage and enthusiasm you have, He promises. It’s an exchange! ‘You give me the pain, quit dwelling on the hurt, forgive them and move forward with your life and I will show you newness, I will show you beauty, something so rewarding, that you won’t even think of what you have lost’, He says. The Father congratulates such children and constantly takes you into the flying stage.
Let me move forward with this attitude that today is a new day! Behold, God is doing a new thing!
He is asking me to free myself from old things that are holding me back, to cut those bondages. Yes, there are some wounds that are so severe, a cut so deep, that it has left a scar. Every time, my vision goes to that scar, it reminds me of that betrayal, of that hurt, of how I was abandoned, treated unfairly. Then, some scars remind me of the mistakes I made myself. The pain has gone away but the memory or the scar, so to speak, remains. But here’s the thing: the scar means the wound has healed. Rather than look at it and relive the memory or the pain, why not look at it as a reminder of something God got me through? Let me turn it around- let the scar not remind me of the hurt, let it be a reminder of how faithful God has been. When I thought I couldn’t move forward, He got me through it, He brought me this far to where that wound is now just a scar. When the waste, the negativity comes up, let me put a dot and turn that into a smile: ‘Wah! Baba, we got through that! You were with me then, You continue to be with me now…’
Don’t ever let self-doubt set in, says Baba. Don’t ever think, ‘I don’t know if I can…’. Remember who you are and Who is with you, He says. You are a dot, remember the Dot and whatever has passed, put a dot to that. That’s all. Victory is your birthright, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.