Uncertainties in life

Q. How do I face uncertainity in life? We are always worried what will happen tomorrow? Some people say “whatever happens is for good”. But I have been going thru a very bad phase of life. Please throw some light on this.

A. All of us have to face difficulties in life one time or the other. Lord Krishna declares that this material world is a place of misery (Bg 8.15) duhkhalayam asasvatam.

At the same time he also tells Arjuna that these miseries are temporary and they will come and go. The only way to deal with them is to tolerate them.

matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
agamapayino ‘nityas
tams titikshasva bharata 2.14

O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

Still, sometimes the troubles may be overwhelming. The only support we can have is the holy name of the Lord and the association of devotees. The more we take the troubles in life as blessings in disguise they will push us towards the Lord and less we will suffer. Problems are inevitable but whether we choose to suffer the misery or choose to seek shelter of God, we have to decide.

If we depend on Lord Krishna, we are assured of His promise in Bhagwad Gita:

After attaining Me, the great souls, who are yogis in devotion, never return to this temporary world, which is full of miseries, because they have attained the highest perfection.