MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN | SOULVEDA
cow gives milk. This is a universally accepted fact. But there are few who pause to think about how it accomplishes this useful feat. In fact, it can produce milk only because it has the capacity to convert grass into milk. It is this unique ability to convert a simple substance into a more complex one that makes it possible in God’s world for it to produce the precious liquid, we call milk.
The cow has been created by God as a sign of His will. It indeed shows us what Godrequires of us in this world. We may take in ‘grass’; but we must give out ‘milk’. Even when people wrong us, we are required to convert that wrong into a right. Even when we are beset by adversity, we are required to turn it to good account.
Similar capacity is found in trees and plants. From them, we receive grain, vegetables, and fruits. But under what conditions does this happen? It happens when the plant receives water and nutrients from the earth and then converts these into vegetables and fruits. A lower entity is admitted into the plant, the internal mechanism of which reproduces it in the form of a higher entity.
The same applies to the life of man. A process of conversion has to take place, if results are to be produced. To attain success, man has to take the stimuli of his environment, both positive and negative, his education whether good or bad, his moral and physical inheritance and ‘convert’ these into success in the way that a plant converts the nutrients from the soil into fruits. He even has to take his failures and extract from them such experience that will set him on a better and more successful course for the future.
Such is the law of the world, both for mankind and for other living things, whoever has the capacity—to seize opportunities when they come his way and convert adversity into favourable circumstances—will achieve success, while those who show themselves incapable of this feat will be doomed to failure.