Lessons For Better Life

When Swami Vivekananda asked his spiritual guru, “How to make life beautiful?”

We spend our lives in unnecessary worries. We always keep complaining about our lives. We complain about what we don’t have and even about what we do have!

Since the moment we are born, we start comparing. This all leads to vicious cycle of unhappiness. We dream for something. We work hard to achieve it. When we get it we set our goal for something else. This never ends.

Life is full of many mysteries. Life is wonderful if we know how to live it. Many of the problems about making our life beautiful can be answered from an inspiring conversation between Swami Vivekananda and his guru Ramkrishna Paramahansa.

Swami Vivekanand: I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

Swami Vivekanand: Why has life become complicated now?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Stop analyzing life… It makes it complicated. Just live it.

Swami Vivekanand: Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Swami Vivekanand: Why do good people always suffer?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Swami Vivekanand: You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons later.

Swami Vivekanand: Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.

Swami Vivekanand: Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

Swami Vivekanand: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Swami Vivekanand: What surprises you about people?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”

Swami Vivekanand: How can I get the best out of life?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Swami Vivekanand: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa: There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

Stay Happy Always!
Life is a Mystery to Solve, Not a Problem to Resolve.

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