Suffering

  • “When the disease is unreal, the diagnosis is the cure.”

 

  • “No suffering can fall upon us except that in which we ourselves have participated.”

 

  • “Whenever the ego inflates, there is suffering. Now the ego is caught in a quandary: it wants to inflate but doesn’t want to suffer.”
  • “Life is not torturing you,deceiving you,or defeating you. Beloved life is just wildly playing with you. Learn to play the great game”

 

  • “Pleasure and pain are two ends of duality, but they should not be taken as separate. They are one. Pleasure in itself will hold no attraction for you if you are not in pain. If you ask, “What is pleasure?” The answer has to be in context of pain. Pleasure means nothing in absence of pain.”

 

  • “Understanding of sorrow is freedom from sorrow”

  

  • “If you do not know Love, you will suffer in love.”

 

  • “We suffer from two kinds of distractions: First: Caused by submission to external agents Second: Caused by resistance to external agents The second is proud that it is trying to control the first, and the first is guilty that it could not be the second.”

 

  • “You think you give birth to children? You think you proliferate the human race by procreating? No. Its not kids that you produce, its suffering that you breed. Please see that we perpetuate suffering through procreation. The urge to procreate itself arises from an inner vacuüm, an insecurity, an existential suffering. What arises from suffering will only give birth to suffering. What arises from joy spreads joy. Rare is the child that arises from joy.”

 

  • “All displacement from the Present is suffering.”

 

  • “By not admitting that you are suffering, you endorse your suffering, and allow it to continue. Be sensitive.”

 

  • “Mind is a trader that always makes bad deals. It tries to sell away something that cannot be given away, and it bargains to buy something that cannot be useful. It trades away the essentials- love, freedom, simplicity in exchange for illusions of acceptance, pleasure and security. Hence there is only suffering in each trade, in every action of the mind.”

 

  • “Had you just been an aggregate of conditioning, you would never suffer. There is That something else that acts against the aggregate. That acts for the dissolution of all sufferings. Painless suffering or suffering-less pain, choose wisely.”

 

  • “Where there is a circumference, there is a centre. The circumference is the manifestation of sorrow, the centre is the seed of suffering.”

 

  • “I am greatly concerned with my suffering. Try as I may, I keep failing. Were I half as concerned with suffering as I am with MY suffering!”

 

  • “What is the central mistake that is giving rise to all kinds of suffering? It has to be a very deep-rooted assumption taken as truth.”

 

  • “Even though suffering is the natural consequence of the ego, and fodder of the ego, yet suffering can open the door to realisation. Suffering is a violation of your joyful fundamental nature, hence it arouses you, it can make you alert, more conscious.”

 

  • “We have a tremendous potential to suffer. And a tremendous resistance to call our situation as suffering. We name our situation as ambition, hope, desire, duty, passion, love, but never give it the right name – suffering. We laugh aloud among others, and suffer quietly in our loneliness.”

 

  • “Misplaced desire is suffering, so is misplaced renunciation. Misplaced war is bad, so is misplaced peace. All is good, at its proper place.”

 

  • “Telling a thief that stealing is bad cures nothing. Telling him of suffering only makes him afraid. Just remind him that he is already rich.”

 

  • “Man does not know God. Man can only think of God, and in this he makes two ungodly mistakes:(i) His mind is limited and lazy, and cannot know the material reality beyond a point. So, he postulates that there are certain material things that are beyond the mind. So, he builds a character called God – as a creator of things. All religions have done that.(ii) Occasionally the mind does get startled by a whiff of the non-material. It chances upon love, it flies in freedom, it dances in joy. It realises that there is something beyond the material. But it declares that the imperceptible, the non-material, the ineffable, too can be contained in the mind. So, using the mind, it embellishes the God character and writes stories about that character. The first mistake happens because we keep feeling small and incapable. We suffer from such an inferiority complex that we can’t even admit that a human gave birth to Jesus. The moment we come across an Upanishad, a Quran, a Bible, we relegate them to divine authorship to escape from them. And the second mistake happens because we are damn arrogant. We want to capture the Ultimate in the mind. We want to claim we know God.”

 

  • “Do not be paralysed by suffering, do not be dumbstruck. In the moment of suffering, gather your wits and go close to the sufferer. You will see that the sufferer is a joke. The more you look at the sufferer, the more you see that he is a clown. Your attachment to him will evaporate. You cannot now identify with him, or glorify him, or decorate him. The sufferer is a joke, and deserves only as much consideration.”

 

  • “J. Krishnamurti says, ‘Life is repetition’. Buddha says, ‘Life is suffering’. Life is repetition of suffering. Suffering once maybe alright, but repetition of suffering is just boring stupidity.”

 

  • “When man refuses to live in the essence, he lives in the periphery, in the inessential. See how you have filled your life with the inessentials. See how you suffer. See how you long for the Essential.”

 

  • “Compassion is knowing that suffering is not necessary, and that the mind can attain to its natural joy. Love is the mind radiating that joy.”

 

  • “No suffering can fall upon us except that in which we ourselves have participated.”

 

  • “‘Ignorance is bliss’ is a satire. There is numbness in ignorance, so one doesn’t feel suffering. Even to suffer, some awareness is needed.”

 

  • “Awakening begins with suffering.”

 

  • “Suffering is separation from essential nature.”

 

  • “We are born afresh every moment. Clinging to memory creates an illusion of continuity. To take oneself to be a product of past is to suffer.”

 

  • “All suffering is inessential.”

 

  • “A relationship born out of loneliness will cause suffering to you and the other.”

 

  • “I am my own suffering.”

 

  • “Whenever the ego inflates, there is suffering. Now the ego is caught in a quandary: it wants to inflate but doesn’t want to suffer.”

 

  • “Procrastination is the carrying forward of misery.”

 

  • “Have you ever won? Yes, others have been defeated. But have you ever won?”

 

  • “Only caged birds imagine the pleasure of flying.”

 

  • “Deep suffering opens Joy for you.

    Anything that is deep enough, takes you to Joy. It only needs to be deep. It does not matter what it is.”

 

  • “Our society does not like open expressions of suffering. That is why we always pretend that we are happy. That is why whenever someone asks us, “How are you doing?,” rarely do we say, “Very badly!”.

    It is a mutual deception. We keep proving to each other that we are happy. There is no obligation to prove to others that you are happy. If you are happy for a while, it is inevitable that sadness is going to come next. When sadness comes, live it fully. Now you will know what sadness is, and in that knowing, there is Joy.”

  • “Go to the roots of your anger and you will reach the root of your suffering; the root of your ego. Attack there!

    Don’t find helpless targets.

    Don’t find cheap substitutes.

    Attack the real enemy.”

 

  • “Suffering is the disease in which the sickness becomes the doctor.”

 

  • “Suffering is the disease in which the patient does not know that he is not sick; suffering is the disease in which the sickness becomes the doctor.”

 

  • “When you enquire into your suffering, then you see that the sufferer is just a joke.”

 

  • “Thought will not relieve you of suffering, for suffering itself is a thought.”

 

  • “Myths are everything that keep us entrapped in suffering, even when there is no need to suffer.”

 

  • “Suffering is resistance to pain.
    Satisfaction is acceptance of pleasure.
    Suffering-satisfaction, resistance-acceptance, go together.”

 

  • “To not to live in Faith, to refute Magic, is to live in suffering.
    The one who has nothing to do with Magic, will live a very terrified life.”

 

  • “My only duty, if there can be a duty at all, is being devoted to the Truth. And when you are devoted to the Truth, there is Joy in return, not suffering.
    Your only duty is complete Surrender to the Absolute.”

 

  • “Even when suffering seems to become a high priority, there is always a Higher priority.”

 

  • “There is no moment where the life can dominate you so much that the material and the situations become everything for you. And when you remember— in the middle of suffering, in the thick of suffering — that there is something else that is more important, then you have already reduced suffering to a Number 2 position. And to put suffering in the Number 2 position is to not to suffer.
    When do you suffer?
    When suffering becomes important to you, that is when you suffer.”

 

  • “When do you suffer?
    When suffering becomes important to you, that is when you suffer.”

 

  • “You have to give away everything to get That which is free.
    Kindly do not ask for very easy solutions, for the simple reason that if there are easy solutions and they come to you, you won’t take them. This comfort is there because you can accept something only when it comes to you with an acceptable level of discomfort.
    Let’s say the whole discomfort is removed, and the thing becomes ridiculously easy, would you take it? Honestly?
    Yes?
    Would you take it if it is ridiculously easy? Served like this.
    You won’t take it. Tomorrow morning when I’ll come to you, to wake you up, I’ll wake you by – take this pill.
    What is this?
    This is the enlightenment pill.
    You’ll say ‘aaargh’ (a sound depicting irritation when someone wakes you up for no cause) and will go back to sleep. You will know I am joking. I might not be joking.
    It is not that the Truth says that you must pass through suffering before I can come to you. It is just that you will not take anything without suffering.”

 

  • “Detachment does not mean that “I do not want this, I do not want that.” Detachment is just simple common sense. How can I keep holding that which is obviously a source of suffering? That is detachment.”

 

  • “What is suffering?An ignorant refusal of Joy.”

 

  • “You remember a thousand things, but whatever you remember, makes you forget just one thing – the One.

    The One. That is what you forget.

    You might be watching T.V. in a very engrossed way, what are you forgetting?
    The One.

    You may be quarrelling very intensely, what are you forgetting?
    The One.

    You may be deeply engaged in pleasures of the body, what are you forgetting at this instant?
    The One.

    You may be deeply overtaken by sorrow and suffering, you might be crying. You remember your sorrow, but what are you forgetting at this moment?
    The One.”

 

  • “The only way to get rid of suffering is to get rid of the sufferer.”

 

  • “To do anything with a suffering mind is to ensure that the suffering continues.”

 

  • “Morality makes the mischief of the world your personal suffering.”

 

  • “Stay less in contact with what you very well know, corrupts and contaminates you. You will not even know when all that will start dominating you. You will not even know when all that will become the substance of your mind, and will start calling all that your ‘own’. You will start believing that this is what ‘you’ are thinking.
    The mischief of the world, will become your personal suffering, and you will say, “It is ‘my’ suffering,” when it was just the mischief of the world. The falseness of the world will become your own personal falseness. It is almost like getting an infection from somewhere.”

 

  • “Wherever there is lack of clarity, there is bound to be suffering.
    Wherever there is conditioning, there is bound to be suffering.”

 

  • “Remember, any movement that is done by you without realizing your essential nature would be a useless, false and sorrowful movement. It might appear very holy and pious from the outside, but still it would be only bringing more and more suffering to you.”

 

  • “You may be going out to sell an unworthy, misery furthering product or service. Do not think that you have made the fool of the customer. You have made a fool of yourself. And on the other hand, if you are able to sell a product which gives joy, and alleviates suffering, then you have given something of value, not only to the customer, but also to yourself.
    By helping others, you help yourself; by sinking others, you sink yourself.”

 

  • “Directly or indirectly, voluntarily or involuntarily, you will end up spreading more and more suffering, if you are suffering.
    If you are sad, you will end up making everyone, everybody around you sad.
    If you are disturbed, you will disturb all the people around you.
    If you are calm, you will spread calmness around you.”

 

  • “All displacement from present is suffering.”

 

  • “Cessation of suffering is to know that your suffering is false.”

 

  • “I-ness leads to two-ness, which is duality, and duality is many-ness. And many-ness could either be the suffering of life or the delight of living.” 

 

  • “Suffering has reasons.
    Liberation is reasonless.”

 

  • “Q: Why is life full of suffering?

    AP: Truth is that which will never make you suffer. Stay with that, be with that.”

 

  • “Myths are everything that keeps us entrapped in suffering, even when there is no need to suffer.”

 

  • “When you can suffer fully like a superconductor, when you don’t resist the suffering, then suffering passes through you fully.”

 

  • “The one who really lives cannot suffer.”

 

  • “It is the personal that is your burden.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant


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