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Painful Experiences, The Pointers To True Wisdom

When Ram gives pain, Ram again gives us the power to suffer and provides people to look after us. Never worry - Swami Chinmayananda

God has given enough proof to show that it is He alone who is taking care of the whole cosmos. Just observe the world around and one will be amazed to find that all great happenings of the world are devoid of human intervention!

The movement of the sun, moon and the stars, the blowing wind, the burning fire, the showering rain, the changing seasons... processes of digestion, blood circulation etc, the functioning of brain, liver, kidney, heart etc - everything is so organized and perfect.

What more evidence is needed to believe that there is a 'Higher Power' running this giant cosmic wheel of creation? Only in small pure hearted children we find this awe and wonder about the mysteries of the universe - "Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are...!"

But as we grow in age, we find ourselves busying with the things, petty and low. Thus getting caught up in the little little worlds, vainly boasting of our insignificant achievements and contributions, we forget the bigger picture and the purpose of life. Helplessly then, the all compassionate God, has to interfere to wake us up from this deep slumber of ignorance, being our true well wisher. In this regard, He sometimes resorts to using certain hard means - for example, loss of health, wealth, power etc or death of near and dear ones.

True wisdom lies in our understanding that these apparent cruelties are nothing but His blessings in disguise. Just as dirty clothes need a thorough scrubbing along with the application of strong detergents to regain its cleanliness, life's painful experiences force us to wake up and help us come back home to regain our long lost true nature - the Supreme Self.

When this divine purpose behind worldly tragedies are not understood, one either concludes that God does not exist or that He is indifferent to all these mundane happenings of the world.

To be continued

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Story first published: Monday, March 29, 2010, 15:26 [IST]
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