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Free from suffering

As human beings we don't want to suffer. From an early age we are told that life should be easy and that the pursuit of our wants and desires should yield the results we are expecting. Thus, when suffering occurs, we want to get away from it as quickly as possible.

Krishna Temple in Naggar

And yet suffering is a constant in a human life. We suffer, when the circumstances and encounters in our life are different from our expectations and preferences. That is true for things as trivial as traffic jam that keeps us from an appointment as well as for dramatic situations of loss - of a job, a home, of our health or of a loved one.

In every situation unfolding in our life we think that we know what should happen and what the outcome should look like. When we are confronted with the fact that life has other plans, and that these plans don't bend to our preferences, we suffer.

For suffering to occur, there needs to be an individual person, an ego that says "I exist and I want things to be this way". This I-sense is the human mechanism, the instrument that moves the body and determines what we think, what we believe and how we act. Unless we are led to awaken to a higher reality, we believe this I-sense to be our identity,

Through Meditation and the study of the science of Oneness, we discover that there is much more to us than this individual I-sense. We tune in to the fact that we are the all-encompassing, infinite Self that experiences a human incarnation for a time, yet we are no longer bound or limited by that individual I-sense.

When our identity has shifted from the individual I to the Self, suffering is no longer part of our experience. As the Self we are aware of life and its circumstances, but we are not affected by it. Without an individual I-sense with an agenda and expectations, there is just the flow of life as it presents itself. As the Self, we act freely, generously and with compassion, always in the best interest of all involved. For the Self there is no sense of suffering, because whatever happens is simply life unfolding as its own creation.

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