Kaleidoscope

My dearest A,

I am glad that you liked the bouquet of flowers sent through sms yesterday.

I read your reply several times and wish to say something more on that. I have read my mail to you over and over again and  every visit is insightful. The paragraphs are loaded with serious thoughts and contain power and energy in them. There is much depth and practical wisdom in them. I will have to dive into the treasure trove myself and become richer in understanding and knowing. I too, am exploring its depth like any other reader. The more I read, the more I understand.

I have written straight from my heart what the divine message prompted me to say. Nevertheless, while writing to you, I consciously put the essence of my own experiences from the kaleidoscope of my life. That must have added to its impact and so you say that it is a very inspiring e-mail/ write-up.  Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

Remember kaleidoscope? One of my favourite toys of childhood then!

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As a child I had one such fascinating toy. It had pieces of broken glass bangles of green, red, blue, pink, purple… colours. All I would do is close my one eye to focus and enjoy the many permutations and combinations those broken glass pieces would form to make varied geometrical designs and art formations and creations. What lovely designs and colours! What joy!

 While writing this mail, I see and so am  drawing a parallel between a Kaleidoscope and life itself. Yesterday the subject of the mail was- ” Using adversity to your advantage”. We can compare our life with kaleidoscope very well. It is a good metaphor and makes it simpler and easy to understand the underlying principles of life.

We, as children had to turn the toy a little, and lo and behold what a lovely design! Turn it a little more and one got to see another vibrant design on the screen and so on… Now the same thing applies to our life journey. We walk a patch of our life, there is a design of life -patterns. There is a specific design in our life at a particular junction. One must stop and admire the beauty in the design and pattern and enjoy life at that stage. After a gap of a few months or years, there is again a turn of events in our life and there is yet another design. Life changes constantly to present different hues, shades and colours. These experiences are necessary for the soul on which it feeds and re-invents itself! So welcome everything in life with an open mind, it will profit you.

Another similarity between the toy and our life….

The kaleidoscope has broken pieces of glass bangles in it, at least mine had those objects to create wonderful designs. Adversity can be compared with broken pieces of glasses of the kaleidoscope. If I focus my attention on the beautiful creations of the bangle pieces and not on the broken glass, then there is a complete shift in my outlook. A great sense of wonder and awe grips us if we still see life with the innocence of a child! The centre of the focus makes the whole difference you see!

So the important thing to be noted and taken care of is where am I looking? What should I see? If my gaze is on the right object everything will fall in place, everything is right in my world. Similarly, it is not the life circumstances that are overwhelming, it is the attitude towards them that makes all the difference! That’s the catch!

If one has the ability and the skill to focus on the right object, then life turns around, it changes. A new meaning and objective is seen. Circumstances do not bog us down. The manner in which I look at my life circumstances makes the real difference. Look at things the way it should be. Life seems and feels good and we have good reasons to live our lives meaningfully. Life seems to have a purpose then and one can enjoy the bumpy joy ride. Clear perception, right attitude, clarity in thoughts and fine focus are the keys by which our inner world changes. It is very important to develop and nurture these qualities in us and we ought to attempt and develop them along the journey. It is up to us whether we see the glass as half full or half empty!

I am aware that there is this power behind me which guides me, prompts me to write whatever I write. Therefore, I am very fortunate that Mahavatar Babaji had asked me to publish my mail, “Using Adversity…”  to you as a post on the blog. All of us face adversity at some time or the other in our lives. I will feel grateful to the Divine if a few more people read my mail and blog and get strength and courage to not only face life-challenges but also generate and have grit to overcome the tests and trials of life. The real test is in overcoming and winning the circumstances thrown at you in life unexpectedly! We shall never succumb to any of these circumstances, we shall overcome.

Today, I have utilized my morning half by communicating my feelings and thoughts to you in an elaborate manner. Time well spent is well earned! Right?

Have a wonderful day, my dear.

 With lots of love.

Sarika.

(22.04.2010. I have just begun learning photography these days. On a Sunday evening walk, I captured this image which I think is suitable for this post. Can you see the Sun in between the thorns of Bouginvillae? If you look at the sun, you will not see the thorns and vice versa!!)

12 Responses to Kaleidoscope

  1. mandira says:

    i liked you comparision between life and kaleidoscope- its an interesting one. dont you think most of us look at the small broken pieces representing adversity in our life and not the design it makes in totality? i think most of us lack the ability to see the bigger picture, so to speak. either someone else has to point out to us how the broken pieces of lglass are making a concrete positive change un our life or we realise this in retrospect after considerable amount of time has past. but its hard to appreciate the good it will do us when we are right in the middle of the process of change.

  2. spiritinlife says:

    In a story book there are many chapters. Our focus is on the story, not just the chapters. Likewise, remember whatever happens, happens for a good reason, look at the bigger picture. Think big!

  3. Meena Jethva says:

    It is a miracle that I found your site. You have so many answers that I had quetions to….thank you for your uplifting and motivating words. An event with my GuruJi took place this Sunday and I was just astounded. I had so many questions…a lot was answered by what I read. I was destined to end up here….thanks.

    Meena

  4. spiritinlife says:

    Dear friend, You are welcome! This blog is created and is meant to serve people like you. I am delighted to know that the answers you were searching for are found here.I shall be pleased to answer any other nuances of the subject matter as you proceed further. Happy journey!!

  5. Shahid says:

    ” Adversity can be compared with broken pieces of glasses of the kaleidoscope. If I focus my attention on the beautiful creations of the bangle pieces and not on the broken glass, then there is a complete shift in my outlook.”

    ” it is not the life circumstances that are overwhelming, it is the attitude towards them that makes all the difference! ”

    “Circumstances do not bog us down. The manner in which I look at my life circumstances makes the real difference. ”

    All the above struck a chord with me. Reading this gave much peace to my troubled mind. It also set me thinking how can I
    view the situation I am in, in a new way and what are the
    positive things I can focus on even in adversity.

    In a way I am Grateful to this period of adversity in my life without which I may never have found your website. Sometimes
    adversity can lead to greater spiritual development 🙂

    Thank you very, very much .

    • spiritinlife says:

      In a way I am Grateful to this period of adversity in my life without which I may never have found your website. Sometimes
      adversity can lead to greater spiritual development 🙂

      Thank you very, very much .
      Replying to your lines here….
      In your case Shahid, adversity is leading you to greater heights in Spirit without doubts. Use most of this time for a very sacred purpose in your life. Best lives are led by those who live for a good cause….
      May Joy and peace always be with you
      Mom.

      • Shahid says:

        Dear Mom, Just read this post now and your reply. “Circumstances do not bog us down. The manner in which I look at my life circumstances makes the real difference. ” It still is very apt for my situation. Thank you sooo much ❤

      • Shahid says:

        ” Adversity can be compared with broken pieces of glasses of the kaleidoscope. If I focus my attention on the beautiful creations of the bangle pieces and not on the broken glass, then there is a complete shift in my outlook. ” This example is wonderful where instead of just focusing on a problem one can shift the focus to how has this problem changed me or what are the plus points that have come into my life as a result of this problem..is it really a problem or a blessing in disguise ? I bow at your sacred feet God.

  6. Shahid says:

    Was guided to read this post again today. Very apt for my mental frame as of now. Also the last para about the sun seems to have sunk in deeper today than the last time and I was surprised regarding this. Thank you again ❤

  7. pandey2 says:

    Read this post again and got some more subtle messages. So apt in current life scenarios..

    -Adversity can be compared with broken pieces of glasses of the kaleidoscope. If I focus my attention on the beautiful creations of the bangle pieces and not on the broken glass, then there is a complete shift in my outlook. The centre of the focus makes the whole difference you see!

    -it is not the life circumstances that are overwhelming, it is the attitude towards them that makes all the difference! That’s the catch!

    -If one has the ability and the skill to focus on the right object, then life turns around, it changes.

    Thank you Ma, Babaji and all divine masters…

  8. midhunpk210 says:

    ” It is not the life circumstances that are overwhelming, it is the attitude towards them that makes all the difference! That’s the catch!”

    Thank you so much for everything ma…blessed to be at your feet..I would like to say this.. ♥

    My dearest and nearest relative in life is my Guru; next, my mother; then my father. My first reverence is to the Guru. If my father says, “Do this”, and my Guru says, “Do not do this”, I do not do it. The Guru frees my soul. The father and mother give me this body; but the Guru gives me rebirth in the soul..Swami Vivekananda

  9. midhunpk210 says:

    Never wsih to go away from this eternal relation ship…

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