Gratitude or Resistance: Reflecting on our Response to Spiritual Advice


Gratitude or Resistance: Reflecting on our Response to Spiritual Advice

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Maulana Abdul Majid Dariyabadi, in his advice on October 21, 1932, prompts us to reflect on how we react to valuable advice, especially when it comes to matters of our spiritual well-being.

He begins by presenting scenarios were receiving information about a disease in our body, a fire in our house, or an impending trouble would typically make us grateful to the person delivering this news. Drawing on this common human response, Maulana Abdul Majid Dariyabadi questions why, when it comes to receiving religious advice, people often react differently. Instead of gratitude, individuals may resist, fight, or even consider the advisor an enemy.

He highlights the contradiction in human behavior. When someone advises on matters of the world, people appreciate and express gratitude. However, when the advice concerns spiritual well-being and the hereafter, resistance and opposition often arise.

The Maulana suggests that when someone advises on addressing diseases of the heart, such as jealousy, envy, greed, and arrogance, or guides towards fulfilling religious obligations, people should be even more thankful. These pieces of advice offer not just temporary relief but permanent solutions for a better life.

He concludes by urging individuals to ponder their reactions to spiritual advice. Are they responding with the gratitude that such guidance deserves, or are they resisting, fighting, or considering the advisor an enemy? The Maulana encourages introspection on whether our actions align with what should happen when receiving beneficial advice for our spiritual growth.