Life Response


            Thieves trying to force the bank vaults set the alarm signals going. It is a mechanical protection the bank has installed. When a bully bothers a timid colleague, others instantaneously rush to his help. It is a response of social goodwill and culture. Lord Krishna coming to the outraged Draupadi is the Divine Response to the call of the soul.


            An American businessman who promised an Indian fertilizer company a 70 crore loan from a bank, met the Bank of America officers in 1972. In those times, these were novel ideas but he was determined to call at as many banks as necessary. Bank of America said that only 2 days earlier they had opened their South-East Asian fertilizer division!


In pursuit of an important work, we want to meet a friend whom we have not met for a few years. On leaving our house, in a pleasant surprise, he enters our house. Life is full of such strange events. Literature too is teeming with such incidents. History has the same character. I call this phenomenon of ready help coming in an inconceivable fashion 'Life Response'. "Thank God, you have come," we exclaim. We also feel we are in luck. We are right.


            But this is not the caprice of Life. There is a law behind such occurrences. Some half a dozen such events described in detail and the laws underlying explained will make it clear that such a phenomena follow their own rules. One who knows such rules will always discern how such events come to pass. There is more.


            Should one not submit to life, but rise above the social average and evoke the Spirit, he can make Life Respond. Life Response is a known phenomenon, not the capacity to evoke a Life Response. Still it is not totally unknown in life. Extraordinarily courageous people say, "Well, I have never been let down". Optimistic persons, when their hopeless project comes round, say, "I know it will come round." It can come round to anyone who relies on the Spirit.


As material things on earth are held in equilibrium by gravitation, events, persons, and movements are held in equilibrium in life by the emotions of people. In our country there is a substantial perception of this truth, but people impute MORAL motives to life and see it when justice is done to them. Well, this is true, but it is only a partial truth, as life is amoral. We often see a dishonest person succeeding. In these moments we attribute his success to his money power or social influence, all of which are true, but each of them represents a partial truth. The complete Truth of this phenomenon is the emotional equilibrium in Life. If one wants to be philosophical, one can see it is the equilibrium of energy in life. It is easier to understand it in terms of our emotions.


Eight tons of machinery was to be unloaded in a small port where the maximum capacity of the cranes was four tons. They decided to employ two cranes of four ton capacity. The cranes seemed to work. The machinery was hoisted halfway through the air and then the cranes failed. The owners of the machine standing on the pier were watching their property sink down before their eyes. They all cried out from the very depths of their beings, calling the God they worshipped. There was a huge noise. The cranes seemed to crash violently. But again they started to work and lowered the machinery onto the pier! For decades the owners recited this story to hundreds of people. The captain of the ship who witnessed the miraculous event asked in surprise what happened. He was told their prayers had been answered.


It was not wise for them to have tried unconventional methods to unload expensive machinery. The deeply felt intense emotions neutralised the unwisdom of the decision. When the equilibrium of emotions or energies was restored, Life acted fulfilling one rule of Life Response. The rules to which Life responds are as many as there are ways of life.


In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Darcy the hero was a wealthy aristocrat. Elizabeth, the heroine was a daughter of a fairly rich gentleman with no dowry of her own. On seeing Elizabeth at a ball, he said in her hearing that she was not a beauty but only tolerable. She was mortally offended. But soon Darcy discovered that uncontrollable passion had been gathering in him towards that beauty. She refused to dance with him at another party when he requested her. A third time when he asked her at another ball, Elizabeth was caught unawares. She inadvertently accepted and all through the dance was practising the art of provocation. Darcy, employing a ruse, had effectively prevented the excellent marriage that had come to her sister Jane's way. Knowing this, Elizabeth hated him.


Meeting Elizabeth at his aunt's place, Darcy proposed to her, couching his proposal in unpardonably offensive language. Elizabeth rejected the proposal violently, abusing Darcy and accusing him of heinous crimes. In a letter to her which justified his offensive act, he explained himself. After prolonged inner struggle, Elizabeth, in spite of rankling under the smart, realised that Darcy was not at all at fault regarding her sister.


Months later Elizabeth's aunt took her to see Pemberley, Darcy's estate, as part of their holiday tour. Elizabeth who dreaded to meet Darcy at his estate, agreed to visit on knowing that Darcy was away. While at that magnificent mansion, she learned that the proud Darcy she knew was really amiable and loveable. She thought she could have been the mistress of that palace had she wanted. All her hate was washed off on hearing the other side of Darcy's character. On leaving the building, she ran into Darcy who had returned a day early! That was the turning point of the story which led to their wedding. The reversal of her emotions were complete while at Pemberley and that reversal restored the equilibrium which brought Darcy ahead of schedule. That is the process of Life Response.


In an American university of several thousand boys and girls, there was a handsome rich engineering student who was a favourite of many beautiful girls. But his mind was set on another girl who excelled many other beauties in her looks. Scores of candidates were after her. This engineering student was one of them. The girl did not find it easy to make up her mind, as many of her lovers were above the ordinary in their personal endowments. Many times this boy ventured to make his mind clear to her. She was not averse to any one of those endless suitors, but found it difficult to decide.


            He could not be in this uncertain state of nerves, which was painful. One day he returned home from his classes instead of trying to meet this girl. He was dejected. Who could get this girl for him? Was there such an earthly power or divine influence? Suddenly he became an ardent believer and addressed a warm deep prayer to God, "If it is true that there is a Divine Hand presiding over human destinies, certainly it is obligatory on that power to make this elusive beauty come to me."


            Scarcely had he finished his prayer of love, when the phone rang. It was she. She called to accept his proposal. They got married.


v      Life responds by a beneficial, miraculous act when the equilibrium of emotions is restored.

v      Why should the act be beneficial?

v      Why it should be miraculous?

v      How does it act instantaneously?


These are questions of interest that can be explained through examples of life events. Life responds negatively too by the same rules. It may not be of help to those who wish to acquire this power. It will be very important for an impartial scholar.