When I looked at my dog today, as he Marine-crawled across the bed toward me, his eyes full of love, I was filled with an overwhelming feeling of love for him. Suddenly, the thought came to me, what if we all could live our lives like a beloved housepet, the dog most humans feel great affection for.
It’s fine to love our children, but the difference between the child’s love for its parents and the dog’s, is the child often bites. Yes, the child, especially as it grows up, often bites us, attacking and treating the parent with less than loving or respectful behaviour. The dog, no matter what we do, just loves and adores us. Rarely does it try to bite, unless something is really wrong.
What if, in relation to our Creator, we lived our lives like the dog? What if we hung on God’s every Word, devouring scripture like a favourite food, listening for His coaching within our minds and hearts, hanging on His every Word, and always longing for more?
What if we answered God’s call to us like the puppy, who comes running so fast and with such enthusiasm for its master, that it knocks them flat in its excitement? What do you think we’d get in return? Well, what do most normal, loving pet owners give their dog in return for that kind of a reception? Affection, food, shelter, trinkets, toys, anything and everything.
We bless them with our love.
People often say, “It’s a dog’s life” when they see someone’s pet stretched out on a bed, snoring happily, oblivious to the world around them.
Why can’t we be like that with God?
Well, we can, so the question is, “Why aren’t we?”
The answer has to do with the exact opposite of the dog’s love for the master. The dog trusts its master and loves accordingly. We have been taught, through culture and religious tradition, that God will punish us if we are bad and so we tend to fear God and blame Him for everything negative that happens to us or around us. Rather than seeing our Creator as all loving and kind, we have been taught that He has a ‘flip-side’ and we better behave or He’ll nail us.
But that isn’t true. That is religious doctrine and culture talking, not God.
If we love God, remember Him, worship and praise Him, live like Him and His Acharyas—those who have come to teach us by example i.e. Jesus, Lord Chaitanya, the Buddha and many others—and let Him live in us and act through us, why would He punish us? It makes no sense. It would be like us beating our pet when he came running to our call.
God is our loving Creator. He wants to shower us with gifts, His Blessing, His Grace, health and prosperity and happiness. He gives us internal strengths and abilities and gifts that He doesn’t want wasted.
He wants us to fulfill our dreams because they are His dreams for us, too, or He wouldn’t have given us those abilities in the first place.
So the next time you think you aren’t worthy, or life isn’t going well, run like a dog to your Creator, full of love and adoration, hang on His every Word, and then see what comes your way. You might be surprised.