Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi says All suffering in the world is for good sake  (Read 1422 times)


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D.: I have a toothache; is that only a thought?

B.: Yes.

D.: Then why can’t I think that there is no toothache, and so cure myself?

B.: One does not feel the toothache when one is absorbed in other thoughts or when asleep.

D.: But still it remains.

B.: So strong is man’s conviction of the reality of the world that it is not easily shaken off. But the world is no more real than the individual who sees it.

D.: But why should there be suffering now?

B.: If there were no suffering, how could the desire to be happy arise? If that desire did not arise, how could the quest of the Self arise?

D.: Then is all suffering good?

B.: Yes. What is happiness? Is it a healthy and handsome body, regular meals and so on? Even an emperor has endless troubles although he may be in good health. So all suffering is due to the false notion ‘I am the body’. Getting rid of this is knowledge.

Source: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words book