Hare Krishna Friends, Once, M.K. Gandhi and a friend jostled their way into to a crowded Indian carriage. As the train departed, Gandhi suddenly looked down
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, Oct 20, 2012
Hare Krishna Friends,
Once, M.K. Gandhi and a
friend jostled their way into to a crowded Indian
carriage. As the train departed, Gandhi suddenly looked down and realized he
only had one slipper on. He and his friend peered out the doorway and saw
the other slipper lying on the platform and disappearing out of sight.
Gandhi simply smiled. He then took off his slipper and hurled it down the
platform, where it perfectly met its pair. He offered an explanation to his
bemused friend, keeping the slipper would have frustrated me, and whoever
had found that other slipper would have been similarly annoyed. Now I can
forget the incident and move on, and someone else can benefit from some free
footwear! There are two very important lessons to learn. Whenever we face
some reversal in life, we have to come to a level of acceptance as soon as
possible. Secondly, we have to move forward with positivity, optimism and
progressiveness, making the best of the situation.
Easy on paper, hard in practice. I know. But what other choice do we have?
Accepting the plans of providence liberates us. You don’t have to fight an
inner battle any more. Its futile to invest excessive emotional resource in
that which is never going to change. Furthermore, the acceptance should give
birth to an attitude of embracing challenges. As they say, you cannot direct
the wind, but you can adjust the sails of your life. We must learn the art
of finding opportunities in every situation. Beyond physical and emotional
pain, the Bhagavad Gita explains that we are indestructible spiritual
beings, empowered and equipped to face anything. As we become rooted in the
eternal wisdom of the greater purpose, we become more and more aware that
this life is just one chapter in a much longer story. It’s a chapter which
inevitably has numerous twists and turns, and doesn’t always turn out the
way we expect.