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Spiritual Acceptance of Difficult Circumstances


Let us practice spiritual acceptance - shall we?


Please see how this Universe (whose controller is Divine Mother) is teaching you what to expect from it during your voyage as an embodied being. The day is always followed by night, light by darkness, spring by winter, youth with aging, birth by death and death by birth.

In the same way, happiness and sorrow come to visit you as per a greater cosmic intelligence. Just like you don't go into a confrontation mode when it rains or when the sun shines, nor you try to control it, let the rain of karmic sorrow too fall upon your being; and when you become wet in it then alone, you will be led into finding the open sky within your heart. Indeed, the next steps lie in welcoming this cloud burst, nor wooing it to go away, or running away from it, nor lamenting, worrying and collapsing in fear.


Can you, too, let the volatile waves in the ocean of karmas rise and fall? The pairs of opposites that the ocean washes ashore are always in pairs, health and ill health, safety and unsafety, fame and dis-fame, victory and defeat, loss and gain, likeable and unlikeable, comfortable and uncomfortable, pleasant and ugly, acceptance and rejection - each a teaching of sorrow and joy.

Without becoming emotionally hysterical to control the opposites to go your way, or want to make the sorrowful ones vanish, and get more of the happy-making ones, can you instead be like a light-house, grand and noble, towering and rising above the crashing waves of duality, steadfast, unmoved and unshakable. This too was another wave…it too shall pass.

Can you begin to not give the good and bad, wanted and unwanted circumstances so much importance, and remain steadfast instead by accepting all the opposites, with cultivated willingness?

When you remain relatively balanced and non-greedy for (more) happiness at any cost, in pain as well as pleasure, joy as well as sorrow, gain as well as loss, fame as well as dis-fame, success as well as failure, corona or non-corona times, then Divine Mother knows, you have learnt to have a total view of spiritual life; a wholistic acceptance of the pairs of opposites (which is none other but Divine Mother).

Make outer efforts to change things (wash hands, shelter at home, keep social distancing, eat Ayurvedic ally as per my booklet on improving immunity), but welcome inner acceptance for what is - because it is so.

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Sovereign Self, (Sounds True, 2020).

Acharya Shunya is a globally-recognized spiritual teacher and Vedic lineage-holder who awakens health and consciousness through the Vedic sciences of Ayurveda, Vedanta and Yoga. She is the driving force behind an online wisdom school and worldwide spiritual community, and the author of best-selling book on the Vedic art of mind + body + soul well-being and health, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom (Sounds True, 2017) and forthcoming second book with Sounds True to be released in 2020, Sovereign Self. Acharya Shunya is a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and serves as an advisor to the Indian Government in matters pertaining to global integration and cultivation of Ayurveda and Yoga. Receive her free online teachings and browse her current eCourse offerings here or see more about her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram. Subscribe to her YouTube Channel where she holds live Global Satsangs once per month.