The Rolling Stones sang:
“I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no.”
And the Stones are not alone. The inability to find satisfaction seems to be widespread among people. Maybe that is because we are looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.
Indian Christian mystic, Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929) explains it this way: “In comparison with this big world, the human heart is only a small thing. Though the world is so large, it is utterly unable to satisfy this tiny heart.” Failing to find heart-felt satisfaction is a common condition for human beings.
However, Singh found a way to overcome the “I can’t get no satisfaction” problem. In his books he writes about how he discovered inner peace and satisfaction:
Here’s a quotation: “My heart found no peace. Indeed, my unrest only increased and I was miserable . . . I prayed and prayed and prayed. At 4:30 I saw something strange. There was a glow in the room. … I saw a figure in the light, at once strange but somehow familiar. It was neither Shiva nor Krishna nor any of the other Hindu incarnations I’d expected. Then I heard a voice speaking to me in Urdu (his native tongue): ‘Sundar, how long will you mock me? I have come to save you because you have prayed to find the way of truth. Why then don’t you accept it?'”
“It was then I saw the marks of blood on his hands and feet and knew that it was Jesus, the one proclaimed by the Christians. In amazement I fell at his feet. I was filled with deep sorrow and remorse for my insults and irreverence, but also with a wonderful peace. This was the joy I had been seeking. This was heaven… . Then the vision was gone, though my peace and joy remained.”
Almost immediately Singh was persecuted by his family, friends, and countrymen. He was eventually forced to leave his hometown and began to wander the countryside. In spite of receiving much abuse, his heart-felt sense of spiritual satisfaction remained strong. He spent the rest of his life, like a rolling stone, seeking to share the secret to his satisfaction with whomever he came across.