Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- The Root Cause of Suffering
"Sorrow is nothing but what you borrow. The root
cause of our suffering is our wrong approach, our
greed, our clinging onto things. The more we're
attached to things, the more we suffer. If you
never say `no' to things, and if you acquire more
and more, ultimately, you will see that you're
bound up by those things, and then they will start
to bother you. Finally, one day, wisdom dawns and
you get dispassion, detachment. So, suffering is
self-made. Nobody on earth can make you suffer.
It's our own attitude, our own ignorance. We think
that by acquiring things we can be happy. Eventually,
we become unhappy by the same things that we acquire.
There is nothing wrong with keeping things, but do
not be attached to them.
"God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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