Suffering as inner sunrise…

In the world which is mostly driven by pleasures, suffering is identical with punishment, failure, satan, stupidity, and many other negative things. Few who open the secrets, there are many hidden spiritual treasures behind suffering. Certainly if you’re skillful spiritually. Similar to mud transformed into lotus, spiritual practice can transform suffering into beautiful inner sunrise.

For that reason, let’s learn to see the brighter sides of suffering. For your information, all bright souls in human history are being purified by suffering. Remember, Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years, Mahatma Gandhi was shot, Yesus Christ was crucified, HH Dalai Lama lost hist country in the age of 15 years old.

As a starting point, suffering, though painful, often brings unexpected blessings that contribute to personal growth and resilience. One significant blessing is the development of empathy and compassion. Experiencing hardship firsthand enables individuals to understand and connect deeply with others in similar situations, fostering a sense of solidarity and support.

Suffering also acts as a catalyst for personal transformation. It can compel individuals to reassess their values, priorities, and life choices, often leading to profound self-discovery and inner strength. The challenges faced during difficult times can build resilience, teaching perseverance and adaptability. This resilience becomes a valuable asset, enabling people to navigate future adversities with greater confidence and fortitude.

Former US president Barrack Obama is a good example in this case. He lost his father in the age of 2 years. But the last suffering did not make his life dark. On the contrary, he use it to seek the light. Scholarship is one of the beautiful key that made Obama transform the darkness of suffering into the light of blessing.

Moreover, suffering can enhance appreciation for life’s simple joys and moments of peace. When one emerges from a period of difficulty, there is often a renewed gratitude for stability and comfort. This heightened appreciation can lead to a more mindful and fulfilling existence, as individuals learn to cherish and savor the positive aspects of their lives.

Additionally, suffering can deepen spiritual growth and connection. Many find solace and meaning in their faith or philosophical beliefs during trying times. This spiritual enrichment can provide a profound sense of purpose and comfort, guiding individuals through their suffering and beyond.

Finally, suffering can inspire acts of creativity and innovation. Historical and contemporary examples abound of individuals who, in the face of adversity, have created profound works of art, literature, and technological advancements. These creative expressions not only provide personal catharsis but also contribute to cultural and societal enrichment.

In essence, while suffering is undeniably challenging, it often brings with it the potential for personal growth, deeper empathy, enhanced appreciation, spiritual development, and creative expression, enriching both individual lives and the broader human experience.

My spiritual suggestion then, don’t punish yourself in the moment of suffering. Use darkness as invitation to find light. Since self-denial is the mother of all illness, transform self-denial into self-acceptance. Remember, when you accept yourself as you are, life blossoms in a beautiful way.

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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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