Pleasure and Suffering

By Prabhuji.

If you have just finished your dinner, then a plate of rice with samosas would become a cause for suffering. However, for a hungry person it would be a reason for pleasure…

Enjoying an ice cream may bring pleasure, but consuming a third, or a fifth ice cream can become a real torture… For his loved ones, the death of a person means the loss of the beloved, but for the funeral company, it is just another sale, a day’s business. When a ball hits the net, it can cause sorrow and pain to the fans of one team, while at the same time it can be a cause for euphoria for the fans of the opposing team.

The simple fact that the same object or situation can be a reason for happiness in one person, and for sorrow in another, reveals that pleasure and pain are only mental states… Neither has any real objective existence; they are only mental creations…

Furthermore, our identification with the body is a mental phenomenon, which leads us to search for happiness through the body without understanding that it is a part of the relative world of duality, and therefore, can never give us absolute bliss, but instead only a type of pleasure followed by its corresponding suffering…

It is important to understand this great truth: that it is our identification with the mind, and with its extensions, the body and the senses, that is the source and origin of misery…”