Struggles are Needed…!!


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole at the end. 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 further.

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 what came out was a mangled creature with a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.


Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life a cripple, crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.


What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.


Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

One can’t force the pace of evolution if the individual is not yet ready for it. In growth, one can’t speed the process up. All one can do is abort it.


Growth and development is an evolutionary process,
not a revolution.


I asked for Strength………
And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom………
And God gave me Problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity………
And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.

I asked for Courage………
And God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love………
And God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors………
And God gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted……..
I received everything I needed!


The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.


Struggles and adversities are needed to make us strong and develop the mines of human intelligence.


Keep smiling!

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2 thoughts on “Struggles are Needed…!!

  1. Rita

    Hari Aum!

    ” I received nothing I wanted……..
    I received everything I needed”
    This sentence is true. This article teaches us about our valuable life. We have many dreams and when they are not fulfilled then we get upset. Life is full of struggles, but these struggles make us wise if we take them positively. So many difficulties and problems came in my life and caused distress. I was always worried and upset, but your teachings have always helped me to deal with them. Today I feel very relaxed. Struggles also teach us some valuable lessons. Swami-ji your blessings are always with me and my family.

  2. Pr Narendraprana

    Hari Om Swamiji.

    Very nice example of butterfly’s struggle. What ever is written in this article, is true and elevating.

    Thanks with regards.

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