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Problems & Opportunities

Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Children, there is only one thing in this world that is more available than needed, and that is problems. Any circumstance or situation that we think is difficult to handle is a problem.

Problems are varied. Some are based on clear realities—for example, shortage of food, clothing and shelter, health problems, etc. Yet, there are problems that come from our imagination alone: worry about the future, fear over whether or not a relationship will be maintained, fear that the plane we are traveling on may crash and so on.

There are two types of people: those who see situations in life as problems and those who see them as opportunities. Most people belong to the first group. Like the demon Bhasmasura, who reduced everything he touched to ashes, they turn anything and everything into a problem.

A young man wished to get married to the daughter of a farmer. He asked the farmer’s permission for his daughter’s hand. The farmer said, “I’ll give you a test. If you pass, you can marry her. I will release three bulls, one after the other, from the cattle shed. You will pass if you’re able to catch the tail of any one of the bulls.”

The young man waited for the bulls to be let loose. The farmer released the first bull. The young fellow was bewildered. He thought it would be a blunder if he tried to catch the tail of such a huge bull. “Anyway, there are two more bulls, he thought. “I’ll catch the tail of the smallest one.” After some time, the gate of the cattle shed opened again. He felt that the size of the first bull was nothing compared to this second; it was that huge! He was too scared to even go anywhere near it. When the door opened the third time, a smile spread on the young man’s face. The bull was definitely the smallest of the three. But when he ran up to it to catch its tail, he realised the horrible truth: the bull didn’t have a tail!

We are often unable to recognise opportunities when they come to us because they arrive disguised as problems and challenges. Victory comes when we are able to recognise and overcome our weaknesses and see problems as they truly are: circumstances through which we can acquire inner strength. Hence, first and foremost, we must change our mental attitude.

Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi