Have any one of you ever set up your alarm clock to wake up in the morning? I’m sure you have, of course, I’m not asking how many of you have been successful in waking up after that alarm goes, just asking you how many of you set up your alarm clocks to wake up in the morning.
It’s quite amazing to see the different reactions of different individuals when the alarm rings, they are so deep in their sleep, practically in a state of slumber that everyone around them wakes up, but these guys are fast asleep. I call these guys the SLEEPERS.
The second type are those who when the alarm rings, say, “Let me sleep for five minutes more.” These guys profusely express their gratitude to God for having invented the snooze button. I’m sure some of you are smiling after reading this. When people keep just snoozing five more minutes, another five minutes, but at least these guys, at the fourth or the fifth snooze wake up. I call these guys the SNOOZERS.
The third category is of those guys, who at the first ring of the alarm wake up, they continue sitting in their bed through, completely confused, lost asking themselves “Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Why did I set my alarm in the first place?” And then conveniently they turn the alarm and go back to sleep again. I call these guys the FALLERS. Not the fallers in the North American sense as in the guys who fell trees, but fallers as in the guys who wake up and fall back to sleep.
And then the fourth guys are those who when they hear the alarm, the first ring actually wakes up, gets out of bed, and hits the floor to start with their day-to-day activities. My question to all of you is, which one of these four are you? In terms of actually waking up when the alarm rings. Let’s go to level four, I call them the WAKERS who actually wake up as soon as the alarm rings.
Spiritual wisdom is like an alarm. The alarm of spiritual wisdom is meant to awaken us internally, so that we can make proper choices. We can think right, do right and live right. And when this spiritual wisdom alarm clock rings there are four types of reactions again.
The first are the SLEEPERS. They keep hearing the alarm, but they are in such a state of deep slumber and ignorance that they don’t hear at all. In fact, they continue with their old ways, they continue making wrong choices. They don’t even bother about transforming themselves or their inner awakening.
The second are the SNOOZERS. Those who when they hear the alarm clock, spiritual wisdom, they say, “yes, we will change, we want to change, we have to change. Not today though, tomorrow.” Snooze, snooze, they keep postponing – The SNOOZERS.
The third are the FALLERS. When spiritual wisdom and awakening comes to them, they actually wake up, they start changing, they start living right, they start doing right. But then, for some reason they go back to their old ways, complacent ways, wrong ways, lethargic ways, not-so-right ways- the FALLERS.
And the fourth and the last type are the WAKERS. These are those people who when spiritual wisdom is heard by them, they wake up. Awaken and start the process of transformation and change at the earliest.
All of us have to be wakers. We don’t want to be sleepers, snoozers or fallers, we want to be wakers. When the alarm of spiritual wisdom rings, let us all take that awakening very seriously.