I was given a beautiful lesson about gratitude almost two years ago to this day. I wasn’t ready for it at the time, but it sunk in somewhere and stayed there until I was ready; until I needed it.

I was in my room, at a place I consider to be my home in India. It’s a small guest house, and I have a wonderful relationship with the family. I often play chess with the father, and sit for hours talking about life with the oldest son.

Summer was coming on so I was hiding in the cool shade of my room. Then the father knocked on my door and entered. Normally he would just smile at me and say, “chess?”, but this day he came in and started talking to me. I don’t remember the whole conversation, nor do I remember how it started, but before long he was telling me about Durga, the feminine force of nature.

“Durga is everything.

All your thoughts, actions and feelings are Durga.

Durga is Great Mother.

Durga is beautiful and terrifying.

She comes to you all the time.

Sometimes you see her beauty.

Sometimes she comes to you in hideous, ferocious ways.

She always comes with love.

It’s easy to recognize her when she walks in beauty,

but when she comes to you in fearful forms,

you must not fear her.

You must offer her love and gratitude as you do when

she enchants you with her beauty.

If you recoil in fear, she will destroy you.

But if you welcome her with love and gratitude in your heart,

she will transform you.

The sweetest of fruit will grow from the seeds of such action.

Durga is everything.

If you are always thankful,

she will give you the world.”

Om mata Durga.

Om Ma.

Thank you great mother for all the blessing I have received.

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