By Our Guest Contributor
There is the body and there is the Self. Between them is the mind, in which the Self is reflected as ‘I am’. Because of the imperfections of the mind, its crudity and restlessness, lack of discernment and insight, it takes itself to be the body, not the Self.
All that is needed is to purify the mind so that it can realize its identity with the Self and discard its identity with the body.
When the mind merges in the Self, the body presents no problems. It remains what it is, an instrument of cognition and action, the tool and the expression of the creative fire within.
Pain is physical; suffering is mental.
Beyond the min, ,d there is no suffering. Pain is merely a signal that the body is in danger and requires attention. Similarly, suffering warns us that the structure of memories and habits, which we call the person is threatened by loss or change. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer.
Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life. As a sane life is free of pain, so is a saintly life free from suffering.