Turn Your Cheek

“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38

I often wondered what this passage in the Bible really meant. Being a victim of bullies in my life time I did not feel comfortable with the concept of not fighting back against someone who harms me. However, I now have a better understanding of the deeper meaning of this statement.

When we are faced with a situation we don’t like we can either leave it, do something to change it or fully accept it. When Jesus found himself in a situation he could not readily change or leave he practiced full acceptance rather than resist it and suffer. This is a powerful spiritual lesson. In fact, to fully accept the present moment we have to accept suffering. To fully accept suffering is to transcend suffering.

In this world of form opposites are a necessary aspect of our experience. Therefore, suffering is an essential part of our experience because we cannot experience true peace and joy in our human state without experiencing suffering. The law of opposites shows us that in order to experience the joy of being we must experience egoic suffering in order to even recognize what that joy feels like.

Jesus knew this and in fully accepting the moment he fully accepted suffering. Without experiencing the egoic state of unconsciousness we would not have a way to recognize the conscious state of awareness, the bliss of being. When we accept suffering as not only an inevitable part of human existent but as a powerful vehicle of spiritual transcendence then we are freed from it completely. Once we shine the light of acceptance into the darkness of suffering, the suffering can no longer exist.

It is in the act of resistance or the fighting back against enemies that suffering exists not within evil or the enemy itself.

 

 

 

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