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Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s real life examples of different types of Adjustments

When we see or hear about someone adjusting in different situations, then it gives us the vision of how we can adjust in our lives as well. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to adjust in every circumstance that came His way, without ever complaining. Let us read about His experiences in His own words and let us imbibe His methods of different types of adjustment into our lives.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s Adjustment with Food

  • One day the kadhi Hiraba (his wife) made was good, but it was salty. I thought to myself, ‘There is definitely too much salt, but I can sip it in small ’ As soon as Hiraba went inside, I diluted it with water. She saw me do that and asked me why I did that. I told her what difference does it make whether she added water to it on the stove or I added it on the dining table. She told me kadhi should be boiled after water is added to it. I told her it made no difference to me. 
  • You should eat whatever comes to you on your That, which comes in front of you, is your account. God has said that if you avoid that event, you will be at a loss. Even if there are things on my plate that I do not particularly care to eat, I will eat some of it anyway. If I don’t, then I will be creating trouble in two ways. First, the person who cooked and brought the food will feel insulted and hurt. Secondly the food itself will protest, “What have I done wrong? I am being offered to you, so why are you insulting me? Take as much as you want, but please do not insult me!” Should we not show some respect to it? If someone gives me something that I do not like, I will accept it. The food which is offered to you, does not come easily, therefore it must be respected. Would it add to or diminish your enjoyment if you criticize it? Many times I do not like the vegetables being served, but I still eat them. Moreover, I compliment the chef. 
  • I am often served tea without sugar. I do not say So people say, “If you don’t say anything, your wife will become careless in these matters.” I tell them to wait and see what happens the next day. The next day she says: “Yesterday, there was no sugar in the tea. Why didn’t you say something to me?” I said: “Why do I need to tell you? You will know it when you taste it yourself. If you do not drink tea, then I would tell you. You drink it too, so is there any need for me to tell you?” 

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s Adjustment in worldly interactions 

  • I adjust with everyone, even a thief or a pickpocket. A thief will sense that I am compassionate in the way I speak to him. I do not tell him that he is wrong. He is simply acting according to his viewpoint. People, in general are likely to hurl abuse at the thief and label him as a worthless being. What about lawyers, are they not liars also? They claim and win even fraudulent cases. Are they not charlatans when they do this? They label the thieves as frauds. The lawyers claim their own fraud to be the truth. How can you trust such people? Despite this, they manage to survive don’t they? I never tell anyone that they are wrong. They are correct by their viewpoint. I would explain the facts and inform them about the consequences of their misdeeds. 
  • Once I had lent five hundred rupees to a gentleman without any kind of a written note of this transaction. I did not make him sign any note or anything like that. I had forgotten about this altogether. About a year and a half later I happened to meet him and this jogged my memory. I told him, ‘If you have the money, please send the five-hundred rupees you borrowed.’ He replied, ‘What five hundred rupees? When did you lend me money? On the contrary you have forgotten, that I lent you five-hundred rupees.’ I immediately understood. I told him, “Yes, let me recall for a moment’ I pretended to think and then told him, ‘Yes I do recall that. Why don’t you come by and pick up the money to- morrow? ’ Then the next day I gave him the money. What could you do if such a person were to come the next day accusing you for not returning his money? There have been such incidents. 

    Questioner: Why did you give that man another five hundred rupees?

    Dadashri: To make sure that I will never have a cause for interaction with him again in my life to come. We should have this much awareness for having deviated in our past life. 

 Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s other Adjustments 

  • When I went for a bath one day, I discovered there was no tumbler to pour water with. I adjusted. When I tested the water with my hand, it was scalding hot. And when I turned on the tap for some cold water, I found that the tank was empty. Slowly and carefully, I cupped the water in my hands and cooling it in this way; I managed to take a bath. I could hear the Mahatmas (followers) saying, “Today Dada is taking a long time to ” What could I do? I had to wait until the water had cooled down. I never inconvenience anyone. I adjust. To adjust is religion. In this world, we have to make adjustments to balance things out by adding or subtracting. Where there is a minus, I plus it. Where there is a plus, I minus it. If someone were to tell me that my words do not make any sense, I would tell him that he is correct. I would immediately make my adjustments. 
  • Our religion declares that you must see convenience in inconvenience. For example, one night I realized that the bed sheets were dirty. I then made an adjustment in my mind that they were very soft, and as a result, they began to feel very comfortable to me. It is the knowledge that we acquire through the five senses that makes us perceive inconvenience. 
  • When I was in my twenties, I used to go to the movies. It would be midnight by the time I would come home. Walking home, I would startle sleeping dogs with my footsteps because I had metal studs on the soles of my shoes. It occurred to me then, what kind of person I was to startle the poor, sleeping dogs. After that, I would remove my shoes each time I walked past them. This is what I used to do even at that young age. Don’t you think the noise would startle the dogs?
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