The Wisdom of Swami Satchidananda
- Nobody Can Make You Suffer
"We never say `no' to things. As they come, you
desire more and more and more. Ultimately, you
realize that you're bound up by all these things.
You can't let go of anything. Everything starts
bothering you. Then, one day, wisdom dawns and
you acquire dispassion, detachment. So, suffering
is self-made. Nobody on earth can make you suffer.
It's your own attitude, your own ignorance that
makes you suffer. You think that by acquiring
things, you can be happy. But, finally, you become
unhappy by those very things that you've acquired.
There's nothing wrong with keeping things; but all
the things in the world are simply for our use,
not for our possession. Keep them, but don't be
attached. If we understand this, we can always be happy.
"God bless you. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi."