Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- How to Understand Suffering
"If we understand suffering, then it's no longer
suffering. To give an example, a mother who gives
birth to a child faces a lot of suffering, is it
not so? But behind that suffering the mother knows
that she's going to have a lovely baby, so she
faces it; in fact, she wants and accepts it. Once
you accept it, it's no longer suffering. Then there's
joy behind it. In the same way, if pain is understood
properly in our lives, we'll never be frightened of
it. On the other hand, we might even welcome the pain.
`Oh pain, come on. Help me to get rid of all the dross.
Refine me.' A refined person is one who allowed his or
her dross to go away through suffering.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."
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