Radhanath Swami: What Is A Blessing
What is a blessing? Different people have a different understanding of what a blessing really is… getting a good grade, a nice husband or wife, or money. Actually, everything, potentially, is a blessing if we recognize it. If we don’t recognize a blessing and reciprocate properly, then what appears to be a blessing could be a curse. Sometimes you beg for a blessing, you get it, and it ruins your life.
Yet the real blessing that the soul is seeking is the blessing of a connection with God’s love. That is the highest blessing – to actually connect with the love of God, which is everywhere, in all situations, if we look for it. In the Christian Bible it says, “Seek and you shall find.” Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, “As you approach Me, I shall reveal myself accordingly.” If you are looking for love of God, the opportunities will grow for you to find it. If not, then even the most beautiful things in life it could cause you great frustration, anxiety and ruination.
Real wisdom is to see the hand of God and to be grateful, as a grateful heart can recognize the blessings in everything. Gratitude is one of the most essential virtues for real inner prosperity and happiness because it can connect us to the Divine.
So by being serious and sincere, being free from ulterior motives, and acting in a way that is pleasing to God, full blessings spontaneously and naturally come to you as you are in a good consciousness to recognize and receive them. When those blessings come, the situations you are in are just perfect for you. —Radhanath Swami