Should I Seek Justice or Leave It to God?


Namaste!I am in a catch22 situation.A doctor here has brutally beaten a helpless young stray puppy to death.A lawyer wants to frame him and legally punish him.He wants someone to cleverly and nonchalantly video the doctor so that he can gather evidence.I so much want the puppy to get justice but scared of the chaos as a doctor is influential and can cause trouble.But I can’t sleep in peace if the pup doesn’t get justice.Should I act or leave things unto God?

—S, India


Dear S,

I am sorry for the difficult situation that you are in.

The most important thing that you can do is to calm your emotions, so that you can think clearly. Then, pray deeply to God, and feel if it is your dharma to get involved in this situation.

In order for you to get clarity about what to do, you need to detach yourself a bit from this situation. As long as you are feeling a desire to punish the doctor, you are not centered in yourself and are acting according to desire and compulsion — not necessarily according to the will of God.

If you are not able to have clarity about what to do, it is better not to get involved. Instead, pray for the doctor, that God will fill his heart with peace and harmony.

This is a prayer of Yogananda’s that is very helpful when you are having difficulty with another person:

Peace and Harmony Prayer

Visualize the person in question in the Divine Light and then pray from your heart “Lord, fill him/her with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.” Repeat this over and over for about a minute. Then visualize yourself in a divine light and say “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony,” for 15 seconds.

Do this 5 times a day. 3 or 4 times might work, but 5 times practically never fails.

I hope this is helpful.

Nayaswami Diksha