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Turning Pain Into Gratitude

In this world, things that happen to be seem like disasters, it can also be a blessing. Depends on how smart one cultivates it. Like an organic waste, in the hands of gardeners it is processed into beautiful flowers.

The same thing happens with pain. Six months after being exposed to the corona virus, being hospitalized for 3 weeks, plus healing myself at the Ashram, it turns out that there are many materials that must be processed into lessons

It is impossible for people to ride a bicycle if only by reading a book. There is no way a holy Master can cultivate the poison of suffering, just by memorizing the verses of the holy book.

The beauty of this long pain, it presents a personal spiritual laboratory that is very rich in meaning. If the reading is only stored in the head, the experience goes directly to the deepest heart.

After being cultivated for a long time, slowly and slowly opened many beautiful secrets. Just as a mother pinches her son who doesn’t want to learn, sometimes God lifts up the journey of the soul by bringing pain.

Not only physical pain, but also mental pain from being attacked and vilified by many people. Thankfully, it came after the inner-self is already contained with a number of pain management devices.

The first tool is a positive mind on the outside, as well as a holistic one on the inside. When speaking (acting) try to always be positive. But inside always be close friends with God.

Just as night and day cannot be separated, sickness and health, sorrow and joy, being criticized and praised cannot be separated. Those who throw away darkness, are also unwittingly throwing away the Light.

That is exactly what is meant by close friendship with the wholeness within. The second set available inside is a broad, supple and flexible mind. This is also a very helpful tool.

There is no way a mother can cut a big bamboo tree with a small knife. It is impossible for a person to cultivate intense pain into medicine, if his mind is narrow, insistent and rigid.

The third device, a grateful heart. When resting in the hospital alone for 3 weeks, other people were not allowed to visit, the face of God that is most often seen here was God as beauty.

The face of God that is most worshiped on the island of love in Bali. That is why rice fields, lakes, beaches, ceremonies etc in Bali are all beautiful. The secret can only be opened by those whose heart is full of gratitude.

Armed with these 3 tools, here are some examples of how the long pain of corona has turned into light-filled gratitude.

First, the long uncomfortable experience in the hospital made many small and simple things in the Ashram become heavenly. Flowers blooming, wild birds singing, rice fields, everything feels very beautiful.

Second, long pain makes humans more perseverance in taking care of their health. Learn to eat properly, sleep properly, and do exercise regularly, and to be more careful in visiting any kinds of places.

Third, like a smoothing sandpaper, many qualities inside become much smoother, after being “slaughtered” by corona virus for 3 weeks in the hospital. The quality of inner compassion in particular has greatly improved.

Fourth, the experience of being close to death, because when you are in a hospital, you are seeing people dying from the same disease many times, it makes your appreciation of life much better.

In the past, not harming small creatures like ants was only a command from holy books. Now, it becomes a consciousness that blooms beautifully within. The value and price of a life becomes so very high.

Here, we are no longer interested to hurt, even just thinking to hurt other sentient beings is no longer interesting. Fifth, just as the stormy weather leaves a sturdy tree, this long pain really becomes a test of the inner quality.

And by being cured, this is also a mirror of an inner quality. Moreover, being able to process pain into lessons that can illuminate the world. This is a higher quality. Not only the inner quality that is open.

The quality of our close people also becomes bright. Both his immediate family (wife, children and grandchildren), as well as the Compassion family, their loyalty was admirable. Beyond words.

Sixth, because he was exposed to corona at the hotel, this opened the door of beautiful understanding, once the soul grows up, or even more, glowing soul, one should not go haphazardly. Or even more, having a long stay in certain places.

Hence, one of the meanings of a monastery is a well-protected place for body, mind and spirit. Thankfully, to this day Guruji has not left the Ashram at all for 6 months.

Spiritual blessing, there is a very deep friendship between the local spirit and the spirit that resides within. A rare and beautiful spiritual fusion.

Seventh, when doing daily activities such as sweeping the Ashram. Everything becomes meditation. There are no thoughts of the past, no thoughts of the future, only the present.

And the door of such achievement was opened by the corona virus. From there, the secret is revealed, what’s on the surface looks painful, is actually elevating the soul to a higher quality.

In short, anything that happens in nature can be turned into a blessing. Only when you have those important inner devices of course. Among all the tools, the most important is a flexible mind and a grateful heart.

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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