Using adversity to our advantage

My dearest A,

 I received your sms early today morning and along with it you also sent me a bouquet of beautiful roses! The sms carried with it a mild fragrance of divinity. You know how beautiful roses are! The moment you look at them, one becomes exhilarated. And so was the message, so full of permeating scent of worshipping and remembrance of God!

 You know that if the mind is filled with all things that are harmonious, positive, enhancing, pretty and congenial then life becomes so beautiful. Look at the last three letters of the word ‘beautiful’. What does it have?  – Ful.  I always read it as FULL.  If you feel beautiful inside, you have the feeling of fullness within. Or if you have a sense of fullness you will see life as very beautiful. Whichever way you like it!

I have always believed that life becomes beautiful if you see the underlying beauty of abstract  everywhere. We say God is subtle. I say life is subtle. We should see and be able to hear its silent speech. Life speaks to us, let’s listen to it, dear. What does it say to us? Is it seeking our attention? Yes, it is. Give attention to the quiet working of the mysterious life.

 It wants you to once put your attention on it and then you will be able to get all the hidden meanings and answers.

 Some thoughts of felicity captured my mind this morning after your sms arrived. Let’s share them. I thought why don’t we use adversity to our advantage and discover life!  If adversity can be used by us to discover and explore the latent  possibilities lying hidden and unknown to us, then so be it!

 Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us. If the adverse period is short, it should be used to develop new skills, arts and talents. That is our requirement of the hour.  Qualities like endurance, positive frame of mind, patience, cheerfulness and so on are ideally developed in such a period of life.

  If it is long, then for awakening. But if this period still persists, then this means that we have been given this time frame for a double purpose- that for sadhana as well as for acquiring new skills, talents and new experiences to enrich our lives.

 So ask yourself, What is it that I need to know now? What is it that should  be heard? How do I listen to that Voice? What is Life teaching me now? What is stopping me from listening to it? What happens if I don’t give attention and also if I give attention?

 If  I wish to use the given opportunities for my all round progress, then I must also have faith that I will be provided the right understanding, the tools and other things required for it to bear. The next step ahead should be taken without preconceived notions, unbiased judgement and openness. The mind should flow freely like the lovely breeze of the monsoon these days-so pleasing, so enchanting!

 So let’s move on and climb the flight of advancement, success and cheer!

To wrap up my mail today, let me ask you one useful question.

Where is the beauty of our life hidden?

The beauty of life is hidden in our mind.!!

Take your time to ruminate about it and send me your reply when you please.

 Have a very joyous and blessed day.

 Yours Sarika.

 

                                                                       “Adversity causes some men to break,

                                                                           Others to break records.”             Anonymous.

11 Responses to Using adversity to our advantage

  1. mandira says:

    i like the categorisation of what one should do in short term ,long term and very long term adversity. i never looked at it this way. i think till now, the only way in which i have dealt with adversity has been through developing new skills and that too in a very limited way.

  2. “Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us.” -I would love to recite this line daily as a mantra so that each cell of my body understand the true meaning of adversity.

  3. spiritinlife says:

    Dear Garima, adverisity is for awakening. Awaken your mind and ask yourself what is it that God is telling me to do? Go deep further inside. You will get to realize that it is only through rough patches of our life that we truly shed our ego and surrender to God. So that is what you should do. Once we shed our ego, our life situations begin to alter. Think more on this.
    Ma.

  4. Shahid says:

    I am going through a low phase in life now so this post was really helpful and gave me much needed comfort.
    Thank you so much ❤

  5. Shahid says:

    ” Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us. ”

    Adversity is indeed a blessing and does help one develop many qualities over a period of time. If life was a bed of roses it would be so boring and stale. It is only during such low times also that one finds out who one’s Genuine friends are. It helps one go deeper inside and suddenly God becomes a priority in one’s life. So Thank you God for adversity/ problems 🙂

  6. NK says:

    Dear Ma,

    Thanks to you and to all the Gurus for such wonderful blogs !!!

  7. pandey2 says:

    Amazing post Ma..One should read it regularly to absorb the subtle messages given here specially in current world scenario..

    Love to read these Quotes..

    -The beauty of life is hidden in our mind.!!

    -Life becomes beautiful if you see the underlying beauty of abstract everywhere. We say God is subtle. I say life is subtle. We should see and be able to hear its silent speech. Life speaks to us, let’s listen to it, dear. What does it say to us? Is it seeking our attention? Yes, it is. Give attention to the quiet working of the mysterious life.”

    -Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us.

    -If adversity can be used by us to discover and explore the latent possibilities lying hidden and unknown to us, then so be it!

    Pranam to Ma and all divine masters. Gratitude.

  8. Surbhi says:

    Sarka Ji,

    We have always heard that failures are stepping stone to success but when confronted in reality until unless we have a spiritual back up it is very difficult to make best out of adversity.

    Let me share my own story, I came to Jakarta with hope of continuing my dermatology practice, but after many efforts I realised that foreigners are not allowed to practice in Jakarta. I was actually feeling depressed, had I not got the guidance of one of my friend who spent 2-3 hours every day to read Bhagavad Gita with me, I could not have gathered the courage to launch my own website Dermatocare.

    Now, I reflect back God has been so kind to me all the times.

    Surbhi

  9. midhunpk210 says:

    ” The beauty of life is hidden in our mind.!! “…

    “Adversity comes in our life as a blessing. It comes to awaken us”..

  10. Shahid says:

    ” Look at the last three letters of the word ‘beautiful’. What does it have? – Ful. I always read it as FULL. If you feel beautiful inside, you have the feeling of fullness within. Or if you have a sense of fullness you will see life as very beautiful. Whichever way you like it!

    I have always believed that life becomes beautiful if you see the underlying beauty of abstract everywhere. We say God is subtle. I say life is subtle. We should see and be able to hear its silent speech. Life speaks to us, let’s listen to it, dear. What does it say to us? Is it seeking our attention? Yes, it is. Give attention to the quiet working of the mysterious life.

    It wants you to once put your attention on it and then you will be able to get all the hidden meanings and answers. ”

    Thank you again God, all the masters and Mom for this divine blog ❤

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