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There is goodness in contradictions

The jumble of life is woven with compulsions and contradictions. Life is neither completely abstract nor fully absolute. It's rather a unique composition imbued with soft, medium and shrill tones.

columns Updated: Jun 06, 2013 23:21 IST
Bhavna Mathur

The jumble of life is woven with compulsions and contradictions. Life is neither completely abstract nor fully absolute. It's rather a unique composition imbued with soft, medium and shrill tones.

Do these ripples of contradictions have an impact on the quality of our lives? Very much indeed. For, like suffering and adversity, unwelcome dilemmas add an inwardly silent flourish to our realistic approach and shape our attitude, which helps unravel the inalienable mysteries, and proceed ultimately on the path to happiness and self-realisation.

A significant example to explain the position held by swirling paradoxes is the relative manifestation of subconscious attachment and reflective detachment.

Striking the right balance between these defines the outcome of our efforts to bear miraculous results. The best of profound theories and even the brightest of learned sages, teachers and followers have displayed thin streaks of mind-altering conflicts and contradictions.

Contradictions often prove beneficial by offering varied perspectives and multiple ways of finding solutions to problems which stand before us. They hide within them new ideas and approaches. A wise person is one who is able to find and use these for the benefit of mankind.

But the dialogue with life says that opposites very often work together. One is incomplete without the other.

The absence and presence of one highlights both the presence and the absence of the other. Like heat and cold, light and dark, mild and strong, beautiful and ugly, black and white, opposites are closely wedded to one another. Without them, reality wouldn't be the same. Even if each aspect of reality represents it in an unhindered flow, without contradictions the holistic reality is not totally captured.

Let us learn to gracefully accept the disjointed facets as smoothly as we accept the fine ones to re-create the puzzle called life. Only then one can hope to live not only a happy and contented life but a meaningful one as well.