On Struggle : Radhanath Swami

8 Oct

“A boy saw a caterpillar in his garden. He found the caterpillar in a difficult situation –  bound by a cocoon and struggling to release itself. It was not able to come out, but it never gave up its efforts. It tried and tried. Feeling compassion, the boy ran inside his house, got a pair of scissors, and slowly and carefully cut the cocoon. He released the caterpillar.

What did he see when he cut the cocoon? He saw that the caterpillar was developing wings to become a butterfly. And because he had cut the cocoon before the right time, the wings of the caterpillar were very weak. They did not have the strength to handle the weight of the caterpillar and so the caterpillar could not fly.

Similarly, sometimes when we struggle in our lives, it may seem painful to someone who is watching. But those very struggles actually make us strong and powerful. Many people ask, “Why does God allow us to suffer?” We can learn from this story; if the boy had allowed the caterpillar to suffer a little more, then it would have soared into the sky, and flown from one flower to another, appreciated by the world for its colors and beauty”

        — Radhanath Swami
Source: http://www.radhanathswami.com/2013/09/on-struggle/

Please do see the link for more of beloved Radhanath swami’s teachings.

I have often wondered about struggle and tried to examine it in mine and my beloved one’s life. My humble conclusion is part of struggle is to make us stronger. Depth,humility and loving kindness often come to being as an experience of struggle. The other part of struggle is Karma. God’s will. It has no bearing in logic. It is often tragic. As they say ” what does not kill you makes you stronger” but it is also true ” what kills you is tragic”. So the ones that does not kill can make us into an albatross, an eagle and a loving dove.

Have a nice day friends! Thank you!


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