Bloom in the mud of suffering…

“Suffering begin in the mind. Blessing also start in the mind”, that’s the experience of many wise souls. Many things can become the mother of suffering, when one is close and narrow minded. They even suffer more, if the mind keep comparing with the more successful person. Even small things can be seen as blessing, if you see from the positive point of view, focus on the lesson not the punishnya. You’ll be blessed by countless blessings, if the mind is being illuminated by gratitude.

Being guided by the last insight, now let’s contemplate together the blessing sides of suffering. As soon as the mind is deeply trained to see suffering as blessing, you’ll suffer less. If you’re blessed to attain enlightenment, you can have suffering free of life. Body will certainly grow old, exeperience illness, but you can smile to those suffering. Because suffering is like hot sunshine which make flowers bloom, similar to blowing wind that makes kites fly high.

Paradoxical yet profound…

The concept of suffering as a blessing is paradoxical yet profound, resonating deeply within various philosophical, religious, and personal growth frameworks. While suffering is typically viewed as negative, it often serves as a catalyst for significant transformation, resilience, and insight.

From a philosophical perspective, suffering can be seen as an integral part of the human experience that fosters growth. Nietzsche famously asserted, “What does not kill us makes us stronger.” This viewpoint suggests that enduring hardship can lead to increased strength and character, enabling individuals to face future challenges with greater fortitude.

Suffering as sunrise…

Religions worldwide echo this sentiment. In Christianity, suffering is often perceived as a means of spiritual purification and closeness to God. The story of Job, for example, illustrates how enduring extreme suffering with faith can lead to ultimate redemption and divine favor. Buddhism, on the other hand, teaches that suffering is an inherent part of life (dukkha) and understanding it is crucial for achieving enlightenment. Through the Four Noble Truths, Buddhists learn that suffering arises from attachment and desire, and it is through the cessation of these that one attains Nirvana.

On a personal level, many individuals find that their greatest periods of growth and self-discovery arise from their most challenging experiences. Suffering often compels introspection and reevaluation of priorities, leading to a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s purpose. It can foster empathy and compassion, as those who have suffered are more likely to appreciate and support others in their struggles.

Suffering as hidden blessing…

In essence, while suffering is undeniably painful and often unwelcome, it can be transformative. It strips away superficialities, forcing individuals to confront their true selves and life’s deeper meanings. Through this lens, suffering can be perceived as a hidden blessing, offering invaluable lessons and opportunities for profound personal growth and spiritual blooming..

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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