Consciously obscuring the line between Joy, pain and difficulty – The Right Attitude Towards Suffering w/Poem by Rumi (FES)(2)

Friends,

I am continuing this train of thought from before.I have been thinking about the importance of sufferingon the path on the way. I remembered reading eons ago that on this plane of existence we learn more through suffering than gentleness and niceness. We are forgetful by nature and we tend to get set in our ways, esp of thought and emotional reaction, suffering shocks us out of being comfortable and drives us to attain. Obviously though as nice as those words are there is more to it than that.

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“Gloom is but the shade  of Divine Mother’s hand outstretched caressingly. Dont forget that. Sometimes, when the Mother is going to caress you,a shadow is caused by Her hand before it touches you. So when trouble comes,dont think that She is punishing you; Her hand overshadowing you holds some blessings as it reaches out to bring you nearer to Her……. Suffering is a good teacher to those who are quick and willing to learn fromit,but it becomes a tyrant to those who resist and resent.

So What does this finally mean? There is a lot more to be said and I will continue doing so as the thoughts and impressions become clear enough to put to words.

Dave

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still,
treat each guest honorably.
He may be cleaning you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Always check your inner state
with the lord of your heart.
Copper doesn’t know it’s copper,
until it’s changing to gold.
Your loving doesn’t know majesty, until it knows its helplessness.

Rumi

 helplessness

 

 

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