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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014
Lessons from suffering
Bhavna Mathur, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 05, 2012
First Published: 23:37 IST(5/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:39 IST(5/12/2012)

The matrix of life has many more puzzles than one can realise. If we approach the illusion of suffering and conflict with a playful insight, it would be far easier to transcend moral dilemmas and understand the whys and why-nots, even if momentarily.

Both good and bad times bare the nuances of life lived, events experienced and decisions made. While happy expressions remind us of God’s benevolence and grace, tough interludes lend a revelatory meaning to all that is positive and pleasant and veers our inclinations towards better ends, more productive actions to be fruitful in the long run.

In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive souls are seared with scars.

Suffering teaches empathy, tolerance and patience. It yields benefits when taken in the right spirit. People suffer all over the world in one way or the other. It’s only a matter of time before people face problems, which if left by itself become larger with time. Whether natural or unnatural, the cause often has very little to do with the painful effects that impact the individual irreversibly.

Like making a list of all the splendid gifts bestowed on us, including health, family and money, it becomes imperative for us to explore our own limitations, weaknesses and faults. That coupled with the ellipses — in behaviour — ours and that of others across various situations enables deeper introspection and self-correction.

By being attached and detached at the same time, we can enhance our understanding of the ironies and confounding intensities in our lives. Whether it is struggle for freedom, survival or overcoming fear, we must not forget that what matters is that we learn from such reflections of adversity; and therein lies true victory. The day we realise this ‘truth’, we are on the way to be better human beings because that is one of the ways of the art of living.


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