The art of Suffering

HH The Great Dalai Lama wrote a beautiful book The Art of Happiness. It’s a beautiful book. But since our daily life is not always happy, it’s woth to learn the art of suffering.

The basic idea is simple yet deep, if you know how to suffer, you’ll suffer less. The problem with suffering souls, they try to remove suffering.

As you can’t remove heat from fire, you can’t remove suffering in this suffering realm (samsara). However, if you’re skillful, suffering can open the gate of light.

As a person who’s no longer young, and experiencing a lot of things in life, I was a CEO in huge corporation at the age of 38 years, resistance makes you suffer worse.

At the same time, acceptance makes you suffer less. The more you use the words like “must, should, have to, ideally”, the more you will suffer.

As soon as you are able to see things as they are, you’ll suffer far less. No need to make fire wet, no need to change suffering. Simply be skillful.

To make the story life, the last july 2021 I was hospitalized because of covid for 3 weeks, later I healed myself in Ashram for 3 months.

I never use the the words “I hate this illness”, I keep repeating this messages inside: “This illness teach me many things, illness is a hidden inner angel”.

Consequently, there’s very limited energy of resistance inside. Acceptance was my good friend. At the same tima, I read diligently the spiritual messages behind this illness.

Thanks God, after being healed, I got a completely new body. Experts on cellular biology are true when concluding that we have totally new cells in every 7 years.

Much deeper than just having a completely new cells, my healed body bring much more light. Previously I didn’t like tea. Now every morning I enjoy drinking tea meditation.

As you all know, tea is symbol of mindfulness. Under the light of mindfulness, many darkness can be easily dispelled.

Before being infected by covid, I didn’t like honey. Now I deeply love honey. In Buddhism, lotus is Buddha, honey is Dharma, bees are Sangha.

In Hinduism, bees from where honey come are symbol of Vishnu. One of God’s manifestation. And the one who guide me to find this new body is illness.

To make the story short, as long as you’re free from resistance, being the good friend of total surrender, read the spiritual messages behind illness, many beautiful things can happen after illness.

In my personal experience, illness let me know where the energy blockages are. It improves the quality of my compassion. Above all, illness open the gate of light.

I have read more than a thousand books, experiencing many things in spiritual life, but the depth of knowledge which was provided by deep illness is far much deeper and brighter.

Hopefully, this personal story will inspire countless seekers in countless times. May all beings are happy. May all beings are happy.

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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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