1. Why do people cause suffering for us?
Nobody causes suffering for you. You cause suffering for yourself by
generating tensions in the mind. If you know not to do that, it becomes
easy to remain peaceful and happy in every situation.
2. What do we do when someone else is doing wrong to us?
You must not allow people to do wrong to you. Whenever someone does
something wrong, he harms others and at the same time he harms himself.
If you allow him to do wrong, you are encouraging him to do wrong. You
must use all your strength to stop him, but with only good will,
compassion, and sympathy for that person. If you act with hatred or
anger, then you only aggravate the situation. But you cannot have
goodwill for such a person unless your mind is calm and peaceful. So
practice to develop peace within yourself, and then you can solve the
3. Isn't suffering a natural part of life? Why should we try to escape
We have become so involved in suffering that to be free from it seems
unnatural. But when you experience the real happiness of mental purity,
you will know that this is the natural state of the mind.
4. Can't the experience of suffering ennoble people and help them to
grow in character?
Yes. In fact, this technique deliberately uses suffering as a tool to
make one a noble person. But it will work only if you learn to observe
suffering objectively. If you are attached to your suffering, the
experience will not ennoble you; you will always remain miserable.
5. If one does something wrong, then one is bound to suffer in the
No, not in the future, but here and now ! The law of nature punishes
immediately, at the very moment one starts generating a defilement in
the mind. One cannot generate a defilement and feel peaceful. The misery
is instant. Only when you realize that suffering is here and now that
you will change the habit pattern of generating defilements that lead to
wrong verbal or physical action. If you think, 'Oh, I'll be punished
only in future lives, and I'm not bothered now', it won't help.
Source: Vipassana Meditation
Why Does God Allow
All the wickedness and sufferings are created as challenges to man to
overcome them. All of us perceive, understand and try to solve all these
sufferings and wickedness and thus by step-by-step move forward in our
march to perfection.
God is powerful to convert even the most sinister plots of the
unrighteous for the good of righteous.
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