Everything happens for Good

One hot day, Nasruddin was resting under the shade of a walnut tree. After a time, he started eying speculatively, the huge pumpkins growing on vines and the small walnuts growing on a majestic tree.
"Sometimes I just can't understand the ways of God!" he mused. "Why do tinny walnuts grow on so majestic a tree and huge pumpkins on the delicate vines!"
Just then a walnut snapped off and fell smack on Nasruddin's bald head. He got up at
once and lifting up his hands and face to heavens in supplication, said:
"Oh, my God! Forgive my questioning your ways! You are all-wise. Where would I have been
now, if pumpkins grew on trees!"

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"Why do tinny walnuts grow on so majestic a tree and huge pumpkins on the delicate vines!"

As soon as this complaint came in Nasruddin's mind he got out of the shade he was enjoying. True, there is no change in the external situation. The external shade is still there, but internally it is hot now. Nature will want us to regain this internal shade.

And that is why,

Just then a walnut snapped off and fell smack on Nasruddin's bald head.

Nasruddin is fortunate to immediately get the lesson that teaches him the futility of his complaining. Sometime nature may create time lag in giving the problems and then it becomes difficult to assimilate the lesson it contains.

One wonders why nature keeps on giving so many problems? Well, it is not that nature wants, but it is your wish to have problems. We are attracting the problems through our non-acceptability of facts of world. Get into the real shade within and nature will stop giving you problems. Nature is just working to your wishes and for your betterment. If you can invite troubles, you can invite wisdom too! Surprisingly, the issue is not because of resting. The issue is because of not resting enough, the issue is leaving the restful state.

A psychiatrist was evaluating the effects of alcohol, if any. One day one, he drank whisky and water which made him drunk. The next day he drank brandy and water, the result was the same. A day later he experimented with rum and water, and again the result was same.

One constant ingredient - water, giving one constant result - intoxication. So he concluded - water is intoxicating!

This conclusion also means alcohol is harmless! Water is harmless just as this existence is harmless. Desires are the real intoxicants, like the alcohol. To see harmless world as problematic is to camouflage the real issue, our desires. Blinded by desires we would always analyze wrongly. The issues are not out there and far, they are inside and near.

Desires negates the very heart of Sufism - submission or surrender.

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