“Solitude” as the term signifies itself is the state or situation of being alone. Isolation in other words means living without family or friends. In both the cases, a person is ought to live a loneliness life. However, the only difference between the two is that the first one is a choice and the other one is forced by the circumstances.
In ancient times, people who wanted to explore their existence and to get themselves enlightened, used to go to an isolated place or to a state of solitude. There are so many such great Souls who wandered from place to place and have finally succeeded in getting themselves enlightened like Gautam Budha, Mahavir, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Swami Vivekananda etc.
In today’s era, many people are thrown into a state of solitude or loneliness by the hardships of life or unfavourable circumstances but people are unaware of this fact that enlightened people deliberately chose to get this isolation or loneliness. History says that Gautam Budha, Mahavir and some other enlightened Souls belonged to very royal families but they renounced their luxurious lives and faced so many hardships to taste Enlightenment.
Therefore, when life hits you into hardships, remember that you have been chosen by Divinity to explore yourself. To get yourself inspired just read or watch Satyavaadi Raja Harish Chandra story once. You will come to know how Lord Vishvamitra deliberately puts Harish Chandra into so many callous situations to check his truthfulness and faith. This story teaches us that hardships are basically a Divine plan to explore ourselves and to prove our faith in Him.
Adverse and unfavorable situations don’t come to break us rather to make us strong and bring us closer to Divinity. So never get disappointed when life puts you in harsh and callous situations, due to which you are being forced to live a loneliness life, rather be thankful to Almighty for selecting you to explore your existence. This is also an indication from Divinity that your time for ultimate liberation (Moksha) has come. So take the advantage of this isolation to get yourself free from the cycle of rebirth by exploring your existence.
Although, it is not easy to understand the gesture of Almighty but still if we keep on asking for solutions and searching for ways out we may definitely get all our answers either from the Cosmos by getting some powerful thought or an idea in our mind or from someone very close to us that this isolation or loneliness is a wake up call to explore our inner being.
There is a Divine power around all of us but all we need to do is just to feel it, to know it and to accept it. This Divine power can only be felt when we are all alone or in a state of solitude.
Therefore, if you are living an isolated life due to any of the hardship’s of life then it is the high time to explore your existence and find solitude in this isolated period. With your continuous efforts and dedication, if you happen to reach to a higher state of solitude, you would definitely get the benefit of tasting “Enlightenment” which is the ultimate purpose of human birth.