Occasionally, I would run into a friend, or, more likely, an acquaintance, who, upon chatting about future plans, will say something along the lines of, “the Universe shall provide.”
“Hmm…” I would ponder, (though rarely express it aloud,) “the cost of a return flight to India, plus travel expenses for 6 months, may seem like peanuts to you, but for Mr. Universe, it may be a tall order…”
It occurred to me that these progressive-liberal-spiritual seekers of today, those who might have possibly gone even beyond the New Age crowd, are ultimately not much different than the traditional-conventional-Orthodox Judeo-Christian-Muslims who says, “God willing…” (or “Be-ez-rat Ha-shem”, or Insha’Allah.) At least this one belief they all seem to share.
Worst are those who expect the Universe to “provide,” while, in fact, assume you to play that role:
“So,” (that would be me answering the phone, with an old acquaintance from a previous life, who haven’t been in touch for years, on the other side of the line,) “you are coming to New York tomorrow, great!” (that’s still me talking) “It’s been a long time. Where will you be staying? Oh, I see, yes, the Universe shall provide. Right. I forgot about this wonderful life philosophy. Wait, I am not sure if I heard you quite well; did you just asked if you can stay at my place for a couple of months? Wait a minute, let me consult with my Mr. Universe calendar and get back to you. What? I can’t hear you; the line is breaking up!” Ooops, he is gone. I guess the Universe decided to hang up…
This notion too, of divine intervention, I find not much different than those other folks I mentioned earlier; the ones with God willing. “God willing, we will be granted this piece of holy land. But while waiting for God to devise a way for us to receive it, let’s bomb the hell out of the people who currently reside there.”
And thus this thread of thought leads me to end with a biblical quote, Ecclesiastes 1:9: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Learned from: something some New Age person said on Facebook.