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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dissolving the Bitterness of Life

Once a young man came to a revered teacher, who was seated under a
tree near a beautiful lake, and asked for the solution for his unhappiness.
After some minutes of conversation the old master kindly instructed the
visitor to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink a few
“How does it taste?” the teacher asked. “Awful,” said the apprentice after
he had spat out the revolting liquid a few paces away.
The teacher chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of
salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake
and when the youngster swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old
man told him, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked him
again, “How does it taste?” “Good!” he replied. “Do you taste the salt?”
asked the Master. “No,” said the young man. The Master sat beside the
troubled youth, took his hands, and said :
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in
life remains the same, exactly the same. But the level of ‘pain we taste’
depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the
only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a
glass. Become a lake. And you can become a lake when you broaden
your outlook; when you stop looking only at yourself and your own
miseries. Look at life as a whole and the many things without which
you would not be what you are today – your friends, family, hobbies,
nature around you.
When you are confronted with a problem, you see only the problem
and ruminate over it endlessly which only makes the situation more
tragic. Think of previous instances when things were better. Look at
all the blessings that God has filled your life with about which you never
give a thought.
Never compare yourself negatively with others. You are a unique person
and if you have the faith, God will provide what you need. When you have
a pain in your life, put it in front of GOD - then it will surely lessen.
Do not put it in front of yourself – as you cannot see beyond it.
God is Infinite. Tap this source, with confidence.
The young man left, and his viewpoint on his problems had totally
As the saying goes:
Tell your problems : "HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS!!”

Have a great day,

Francis Jeyaraj

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