Updated: Dec 3, 2021
“In Life, every gain has a corresponding loss & every loss has a corresponding gain. Ultimately, every loss & gain will be nullified and become pointless.”
The above quote may create a lot of confusion about gains & losses. But, if we closely observe we’ll find that it’s true. It states that every gain has a corresponding loss & every loss has a corresponding gain. Say, a professional after much awaiting gets his promotion. But, he didn’t get that promotion easily. He had put in a lot of hard work, he has been patient for quite a long time & finally he got it.
People may say that sometimes we’ve put in a lot of efforts but, we didn’t get the desired results. Universe(God) basically considers three criterion for giving results to any individual. They’re:
* Good deeds & bad deeds(karma) of the past incarnation.
* Our devotion, goodness, & efforts.
* Needs of the world & individual needs.
People who say that they didn’t get the desired results, have to take a close look at these criterion. Just because we didn't get results that doesn't mean all our effort is a waste. In fact, we learn a lot from failures than from success.
King James in Bible quotes :
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The meaning of the above verse gives us- “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
This law is applicable for the professional even after his promotion. Promotion assigns him a lot of responsibility, which require efforts in the form of time, management & other related things. In return of this, the company gives him a good pay & facilities. If we take a close look at his position before the promotion, he was receiving less pay but he had ample time to relax & invest in other meaningful activities. So, every gain has a corresponding loss.
In support of this, Buddha quotes- “Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.”
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In “Obstacle is the way” book written by Mr. Ryan Holiday, tells us that every obstacle carries within itself an opportunity to improve. But, the thing is we should view it from the right perspective & tap the opportunity.
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Also, Gautama Buddha says that “ Change yourself as per the demands of the situations. Change is inevitable. Don’t be worried, if you lose something that’s good you’ll gain something that’s even better(for you & the universe).”
In support of this there’s a Vedic quote- “Kaalaya Thasmai Namaha”.
In Sanskrit, ‘Kaala’ means ‘time’. Everything & everyone in this Universe is a slave of time. It’s the time that has made everything to happen in the Universe. Everything will fade away as the time passes on. Our achievements, pride, fears, wealth, so on will be senseless & will be faded away with the passage of time. In Vishnu Vishnu-Sahasranamam (the supreme hymn of almighty Vishnu.), refers Vishnu as ‘Kaala’(time). Also, every wound, loss or gain will be nullified(faded away) in the Universe. The only thing, what we can do with time is to surrender(Namaha) & be patient, persistent with our efforts to achieve the desired results.
My friends, never feel sad that you didn’t get the expected results despite putting efforts. It’ll fetch you the corresponding returns someday, sometime & it’ll be nullified. Universe never owes anything from anyone. We live here for a very short span of time, instead of wasting time by feeling sad, by carrying regrets, worrying about future, & feeling proud(egotistical) of our achievements, wealth, status so on. let’s enjoy every moment, every task, & always stay in the present(now) moment. No one has any guarantee of next year, next month, next week, even tomorrow.
I recently read a quote by Nick Vujicic;
"If you can't find a miracle in life, you can be a miracle to someone else."
It's really inspiring. In fact, Nick followed the same philosophy which made him what he's now.
Most of times, the losses incurred by us are all due to the divine wish to get us something else from life.
Gautama Buddha also quotes-
“Nothing is permanent. Don’t stress yourself too much, no matter how bad the situation is… it will change.”
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Remember, Happiness is the highest level of success. No matter, whatever we do if we aren’t happy, it’s not worthy of putting efforts. Interesting thing is, happiness is never found outside ourselves. It’s found within ourselves.
In Buddhism, there’s a meditation technique called ‘Vipasshyana’, which emphasizes on inner happiness. It basically teaches us to be in the ‘Now’ moment. By doing this we’ll be able to understand ourselves- ‘self realization’.
Also, Happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey. Happiness is the step-by-step process of achievement of goals. So, if you wanna be happy make sure you’ve goals to achieve it. The following quote by Thomas Carlyle emphasizes the importance of living in the ‘Now’ moment-
“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
Intelligence is always being active in the present(Now) moment. Whether, it’s emotional or intellectual ability requires ‘presence of mind’.
“No matter what happens, always be Happy!!”