The Creation belongs to devis and devtas and has been given to us by them to fulfill our desires and go through various experiences. This Creation runs on certain laws. Just like a person who knows tax laws is able to save his money; the person who knows and understands the laws of Creation has a blissful and stable life and even has the potential to go through dimensional change, if that is what he/she desires.
A basic law of Creation is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What you give comes back to you manifold. St Francis of Assisi also said, it is in giving that you receive. Those who give 10 to 20 per cent of their income in charity and give time in service can never have financial or health issues.
Ironically, people tend to think that if they collect lots of money, buy health insurances and get frequent health checkups, they will remain healthy. That is, instead of distributing the money in charity, one prefers to spend it on insurances. One forgets here that the biggest insurance is that which is given by Divine, and that is based on the law stated above. No amount of bank balance or health insurance can save a person. All that is temporary and can be lost in seconds.
Every pleasure has a pain associated with it, and that pain is to balance the pleasure one has had. In fact, whenever a tragedy or mishap occurs, a spiritual aspirant should take it to be a blessing from Divine, because it means that you are close to Divine and he is pushing you to wake up and improve your karma. No one pushes up a child who scores a 40, it is the child who scores 94 who is pushed so he may fetch a 98, because the elders know he has the potential. So one should consider him/herself in the 94 per cent category if he/she has suffered a loss which has led him to search for spiritual solace and has found a Guru in the process.
The real test starts after that. Because journey is not in holding the hand of the Guru, but in continuing to hold it till one reaches. And there come enough thoughts on the way that tempt one to leave the hand and catch on to something else. These thoughts are caught from the environment and interactions one has, and occupy the mind of the sadhak diverting him/her from the spiritual practice. For example, at the time of surya sadhna or dhyan, all types of thoughts of physical world try to occupy the mind and distract one from these practices. Once the time has passed and the sadhak has been unable to focus on the practice because of the interference of mundane thoughts, the purpose of distracting the sadhak is served. As everything is tied to time, once time is lost, the opportunity to go higher up through these practices is also lost.
In creation nothing is stationary, you either move up or down and the beings in lower dimensions are always on a lookout to increase their “strength” using ‘thoughts’ and lower emotions as distractions to tie a person into the physical and pull him/her down. Lower beings believe in strength of numbers, the higher beings on the other hand, know that strength in fact lies in consciousness and do not go for masses.
A person who lives for himself, is immersed in pleasures for the self and does nothing for Creation, his body ages very fast. A person who fulfills his responsibility towards Creation as per his capacity without getting distracted by pleasures and pains, the glow on his face and the strength of the body is apparent. For speeding up the process of one’s spiritual evolution, one can reduce the indulgence in pleasures — keep fasts, abstain from sexual indulgence etc. Another aspect of this is tapa. Tapa cancels out the repercussions of the pleasures one has experienced. For example, getting up before sunrise and going outside in the rain and cold to do surya saiyam is tapa. You are pushing your body, giving it some pain. This helps cancel out the pleasures that one gets in the daily indulgences. When the sacrifice and tapa exceeds the pleasures one is taking, the being moves to a higher dimension. And the opposite happens, doorways to lower dimensions open up.