One day, a small opening appeared on a cocoon; a man sat and watched for
the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through
that little hole.
Then, it seems to stop making any progress.
It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could not go any
So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and
opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.
But it had a withered body, it was tiny with shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the
wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the
butterfly's body, and become firm.
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a
withered body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill did not understand was that
the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get
through the tiny opening, were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of
the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it
achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life.
If Swami allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would
cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never been
able to fly.
I asked for Strength...
And Swami gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom...
And Swami gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity...
And Swami gave me a Brain and Brawn to work.
I asked for Courage...
And Swami gave me obstacles to overcome.
I asked for Love...
And Swami gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors...
And Swami gave me Opportunities.
"I received nothing I wanted...
But I received everything I needed."
Live life without fear, confront all obstacles and evince that you can