June 24, 2020
Author - manisar
This is from before I had hardly read anything on evolution, genetics etc. (sometime in 2001). From my notes…
And now on the question of pain. Physical pain is what which troubles me. There is only one answer or one solution which I can see right now. We’ll start with phrasing the question properly...
Why is there so much pain in this world? And there are two parts of this question: Why is there pain for me in this world and how to deal with it? And: Why is there pain for everybody else in this world and how to deal with it?
Answer: There is pain in this world for the reasons we know, i.e. for the maintenance of existence. Pain is there in this world so that the worldly beings try to maintain their physical existence in the process of evolution or betterment. Had it not been there, the beings would not have paid attention towards their own bodily disintegration & organic life, or the physical life would have vanished soon. Having said that, I also confess that all this explanation of pain doesn’t come to relieve me when I am actually suffering pain. Yes, that’s true. And if this is all what is there regarding pain, it seems to be quite cruel a system. But there is more to say. And these two things-what I have said & what I am going to say-if properly understood, help quite a lot to get rid of pain or to be exact, the pain of pain.
Seeing holistically, the so many people in this world are not different beings. They are just parts of one being, the nature; just like different cells of the body. Isn’t it? Now suppose I want to play or do some work which will give me some great mental or physical pleasure or which will relieve me from some mental or physical pain, and in this play or work which you I do, I may feel some temporary physical pain. Yes, I will suffer this pain, but will this pain trouble me or make me worry in the same way as otherwise? No, it won’t. Are you getting me? But suppose every cell of my body feels itself as a different being & it has no idea that it constitutes in some other organization. Then each of the cells of the part of the body under pain will suffer much greater pain in itself simply because it will have no idea as to what this pain is going to do for the organization called me. It will simply suffer pain without knowing the actual cause or purpose of pain.
That is what which happens with every living being. So, the advice is simple: PAIN IS THERE FOR A CAUSE WHICH IS NOT VERY SIGNIFICANT FOR US AS DIFFERENT LIVING BEINGS BUT SIGNIFICANT FOR THE BEING CALLED NATURE. PAIN IS THERE TO HELP NATURE. PAIN IS REALLY NEEDED BY NATURE. AND SECONDLY IF YOU WANT TO LESSEN THE FEEL OF PAIN, JUST GET RID OF THE IDEA OF MAINTAINING YOUR BODILY INTEGRATION. JUST LET IT DISINTEGRATE. REMOVE ALL BARRIERS FROM YOUR SIDE. HAVE NO ATTACHMENT TOWARDS YOUR BODY, AND LET WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THE BODY.
This was for those who understand. But what can be done for them who don’t. What I can say at this moment is that nothing much can be done for them. Yes, it’s very troubling to see them crying. But maybe this is the only way they will gradually learn the lessons of life. And let me tell you a very very delicate but crucial thing. Seeing others in pain troubles you largely because you yourself are frightened of pain.
So, the first thing you should do is that remove the fear of pain from your mind. Pay attention towards this very simple advice: Think about your pain only when you are really in pain. And apply those tactics then to lessen pain. Don’t dwell upon pain when you are not suffering it in actuality. When you are not suffering pain, you should concentrate totally upon moving ahead (you know what it means). Be brave. Face pain when it comes to you. Don’t waste your good time over it. See, everybody suffers pain & everybody has to. Isn’t it? Everybody has to suffer pain till the time he learns that there is no pain. Same for you. Same for you. And always remember to have no attachment for your body. Let your body deteriorate or disintegrate totally or in parts whenever the destiny or nature wants. Let the nature or the destiny do what it wishes. If it wants you to live the life of a disabled, live like that. No problem. After all this body is itself for the use of nature. It is actually at or should be always at nature’s disposal; nature has created it & nature can do whatever it likes with it anytime. If you don’t attach yourself with your body, you are totally different from it. Then why worry; why worry about pain? Let this body be in pain if the nature wants. Let it be. So much for your pain.
And as far as others’ pain is concerned, accept it as a bitter truth that you can’t do much about removing others’ pain directly. Actually, pain is like a false lie. It’s a lie which is never there. You cannot go about removing it directly. The most you can do is making others understand about the nature of pain, & about the tactical ways of getting rid of it. Tell others to get rid of their attachment towards their body; to get rid of their attachments towards their desires, which are actually nature’s desires. The problem is that nature arouses various desires among the living beings & also the attachment towards their body. And these desires along with the attachment towards their body motivate the living beings to move in this world, to do something—which is the sole motto of nature. Yes, nature created you as a slave in the process of evolution. But in the process of evolution only you’ve finally got a chance to get rid of this slavery. You have become a human being.
Now it’s up to you how much time you take to become free. Don’t spend much time in the intricacies & delicacies of the theory. See, the only option for you is to set yourself free of nature, set yourself free of nature’s desires & purposes. The worst thing which can happen is that you might not exist at all as something separate from nature. But isn’t no existence better than the existence as a slave? And let me tell you even this breaking free from nature is itself a part of the nature’s scheme of evolution. Yes, it is true. But leave everything aside, my only suggestion is that if you feel pain do the best to get rid of it. And the best way of getting rid of pain is to get rid of all the desires and attachments. Get rid of all the desires and attachments of nature.
Actually, none of the desires and attachments which are there in you, belong to you. All of them belong to nature. You have accepted them as yours because you have accepted yourself as a slave to the nature; & that’s because you have been in habit of doing so because somewhere in the past you were actually produced by nature to serve it. But now, being awakened, you are totally free to set yourself free. So, set yourself free. And remember—all the desires and attachments belong to nature. Those are there to serve nature’s purpose. Each & every desire, no matter how selfless or godly or sacred it seems, belongs to nature. Don’t pay attention towards it. Even the desire to take others out of pain belongs to nature. It is there for serving its purpose. It is not your desire. And all other desires, e.g. the desire for knowledge, power, sex, money, position, fame or anything like that belong to nature. It is simple to see that these are there for serving its purpose. So, don’t pay heed towards them. And if you see clearly you will never have to make much an effort to get rid of all such desires. When any desire overwhelms you, just think what the actual need of it for you is. There is never a need of anything for you. Had you been a body, you would have needed so many things. But why should you be a body? There is nothing which can force you to be body. And even if you are a body, why should a body be careful about itself?
If you are body, is it not better to let it (or yourself) deteriorate or die at this very instant than to strife continuously for its betterment or maintenance? At the most you will lose your existence, but does your existence as the body you know has any value? All the things of this world are there for serving the cause of nature; even the scheme & process of evolution is for nature’s cause. Why should you help in it if it causes or can cause pain & suffering? Just be detached. Detached from the desires and attachments of nature. You have nothing to become, nowhere to go; nothing to gain & nothing to lose. You have nothing & nobody to be attached with. Let this whole world condemn you or praise you; why should you become sad or pleased because of them? Yes, nature wants you to be happy when you are praised & sad when you are condemned; to be happy when you have knowledge, power, money, sex, fame & position and sad when you don’t have them. Because then only will you move ahead or evolve. But is it your duty to evolve? No, never. It is nature’s desire that you should evolve. You are never bound to obey it. Only if you feel one with nature, you can see yourself evolving. But I again suggest not dwelling upon all such intricacies of the theory. If nature wanted you to be one with itself, why it has not done that yet. It’s its fault, not yours. Now let nature repent over its mistakes, you get rid of its slavery; & of all the pains & sufferings & desires & attachments of this world, this nature. Be free & be happy.
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