Life is a school in which everyone thinks their exam is the toughest
Suppose a school has an examination system in which each student gets a different question paper. Actually, the exam system is fair first because all students get what they need for their progressive education and second because the difficulty levels of the tests even out in the long run – sometimes, they get easy papers and sometimes, tough papers.
But suppose the students obsess over those of their tests that are tougher than those of others and become disheartened, angry or resentful. Overwhelmed by such negative emotions, they flunk in the tough tests and then do poorly even in the subsequent easier tests.
Similar is our predicament in material existence. The universe is like a university in which we all are tested for our wisdom and maturity. Wisdom comes from intellectual development and maturity from emotional development – and both come organically and synergistically when we evolve spiritually. Gita wisdom explains that we all are souls on a multi-life journey toward the supreme, to be united with him unending love and bliss. During this journey, we all have to work through our past karma, whose good and bad reactions come during this life as easy and tough situations respectively.
Despite such varying specifics of our tests, the world’s overall nature ensures that everyone faces distresses, sooner or later. The world’s distresses don’t allow any exceptions. Despite differences in levels of intelligence, beauty, contacts, wealth, talents and so forth, the world is a distressful place for everyone (Bhagavad-gita 09.33).
If we can appreciate and assimilate this Gita insight, then we can avoid both resenting our tough tests or envying others’ easy tests, we can best focus on connecting with the Lord through devotion. By such devotion, we can gain a sublime absorption that can empower us to pass all tests.
Think it over:
- What is special about life’s tests?
- What happens when we see life’s tests negatively?
- How can Gita wisdom help us face life’s tests?
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