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Although, the phrasse ‘quantom leap’ has become common in everyday conversation, it actually has a very specific meaning.  When we are taught about atoms in school, we are usually told that there is a nucleus that contains protons and neutrons, and that electrons in fixed orbits or shells that are varying distances from the nucleus.

We are told that electrons stay in one particular orbit, but sometimes change to a different orbit.  If it absorbs energy, an electron can jump to a higher orbit, if it releases energy it can drop to a lower orbit.  What most of us are never told is that when an electron changes orbits, it does not move through space to arrive at its new location, rather, at one moment the electron is in orbit A, and in the very
next moment it is in orbit B, ‘without having traveled through the space in between.’  This is what is meant by quantum leap.  A quantum leap is a change in status from one set of circumstances to another set of circumstances that takes place immediately, without
passing through the circumstances in between.

Scientist recognize the unpredictability of nature, and have been trying to make sense of it.  Even the most seemingly simple events are governed by this unpredictability.  When are where will bubbles appear in a pot of boiling water? What patterns will be made by the smoke of a lit cigarete? How does the position of water molecules at the top of a waterfall relate to their eventual position at the bottom?

As James Gleick wrote in his book ‘Chaos’, as far as standard physics is concerned, God might just as well have taken all those water molecules under the table and shuffled them personally.

To be cont’d

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One does not complain about water because it is wet, or about rocks because they are hard, or about trees because they are green.

This is what Buddha did.  A total absence of complaints against any kind of stroke! let us also do that and be happy.  This is the only way to be happy, because the world can never guarantee us pleasure and peace.  Though the world appears to promise us happiness, it is not capable of fulfilling its promise. We are misled by its deceptive promises.  Why should we ask for something which it cannot give?  We are all unsuccessful hunters of non-existent happiness. There is no doubt that happiness is available in the world.  But it is available only for a ‘Jnani’ just as music is available in the strings of violin only to the one who can play it.

Most of us do not know the art of solving our problems.  The solution of one problem results in the emergence of more problems. If we really want to solve the problem we have to dissolve it.  While solving the problem, we should also make an effort to transcend it and go beyond the problem by understanding the real nature of the problem.  A wise person will never reject a problem.  On the contrary, he accepts it as a god-sent gift and uses it to make himself wiser.

For an ignorant person a problem is the symbol of an unkind and unintelligent aspect of God’s design.  But for a Jnani, a problem is an evidence not only of God’s incomparable intelligence but also of his infinite Compassion.  He is more grateful to God for the problem He creates, than the solution He offers.

SOLUTION MAY NOT BE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE TO THE PROBLEM, JUST AS IN THE MATHS BOOK AN ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM IS NOT GIVEN JUST BELOW IT. IT IS GIVEN AT THE END OF THE BOOK.  AS THE ANSWER IS REMOVED TO THE END OF THE BOOK, WE ARE MADE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM SO THAT WE ARE MADE A MATHEMATICIAN IN THE PROCESS. SIMILARLY GOD BY HIS IMMEDIATE NON-AVAILABILITY OF SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM, HE JUST WANTS TO MAKE US A BETTER MATHEMATICIAN OF OUR LIVES.

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I asked a child, walking with a candle,
“From where comes that light?”
Instantly he blew it out, “Tell me
where it has gone – then I will
Tell you where it comes from.”
an arabic asint 

God loves us so much that he creates problems, disease, tear-drop, failure,hunger, thirst – just to make us happy.  We feel, it is by cooking well that we can increase the taste of food,  But HE feels, it is by creating hunger that the real taste of the food is increased.

So let us thank God for Crucifixion and for death since Resurrection which follows Crucifixion makes Crucifixion more meaningful, birth which follows death, makes death more fruitful.  Crucifixion and Resurrection are the two legs of Christ’s life. It is ‘Resurrection’ that made Christ a real son of God,that made the whole world worship Him, that made you and me visit churches.  But without Crucifixion, Resurrection would not have been possible. So ultimately, it is “Crucifixion’ which made Christ spiritually so great.  Otherwise, He would have died like any other ordinary man, would have died as a non-entity.

Though He is divine, our mortal eyes would have failed to perceive his innate Divinity and we would have treated Him as any other person, if He had not proved the presence of His innate Divine spark by his Resurrection.
So Christ on the cross is the most fascinating figure. When He was being put on the cross and was being nailed, for us it was horrifying sight, we shudder to see it.  But for Christ, it was cosmic beautification. He was spiritually being beautified by God the Master beautician, to attract us.  Once Resurrection had been over, His ‘spiritual beautification’ or ‘His cosmic-make-up’ was complete.  He was now irresistibly handsome.  He started now attracting us, just as Krishna had attracted Gopikas in the Brindavan.

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“The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you’re really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you’vebeen in thedeepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”

Richard M. Nixon

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Struggle a Little – Then Fly!

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home. One day a small opening appeared he sat and
watched the butterfly for several hours. It struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, but, it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly, he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and the body would contract. Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.The man acted with well-intentioned kindness but he didn’t understand the consequences. The restricting cocoon and the struggle required to get through the tiny opening, were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If we were to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us.  We would not be as strong as we could have been and we could never fly So the next time you are faced with an obstacle, a challenge, or a problem, remember the butterfly.

Struggle a little – then fly!

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Whom should we blame for all this flood of tears? Shall we blame ourselves? if only some of us are the sufferers we could have done so. But the entire human race is suffering. Then there must be some common COSMIC THREAD running through all hearts which may be responsible for all this ‘tragedy’.

Shall we blame God?  We cannot do so because he is Cosmic-wisdom incarnate and is father and mother rolled into one. By any stretch of imagination HE could not have done it. Shall we attribute it some other external agency?  This also does not seem to be logical since this is a globally applicable phenomenon cutting across spatial and temporal barires.

I do not know whether I can understand His, sometimes apparently illogical ways, I do not know whether I can successfully resolve His paradoxical behavior like being apparently cruel only to be inherently kind for the reasons best to Him. And this makes me happily hold back my tears, smiling from the corner of my eyes.