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Why Do We Suffer???? by prayervoice ..... Ask Barefoot Herbalist

Date:   9/17/2009 8:48:17 PM ( 12 years ago ago)
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Hello MH;

There is so much suffering in the world today.

I was wondering what percentage of the people who come to the cure zone, really understand that more often than not, they actually are their own worst enemy. That sickness, ill health, and dis-ease are caused mostly by our own actions.

I would like to share some thoughts on suffering that were passed on to me many years ago by two wonderful souls who seek only to help bring forth an ever advancing civilization.

Why do we Suffer?

Suffering comes to us for two reasons - either as a consequence of our own
actions or as a test sent by God for our spiritual development.
The suffering we bring on ourselves can be physical suffering: "If a man
eats too much, he ruins his digestion. If a person gambles he will lose his
money." Or it can be sadness or remorse caused by the way we have behaved or
have treated others. Following the laws of God will free us from both these
kinds of suffering:

"The source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and
contentment with His holy will and pleasure."

Suffering Develops the Soul
"Grief and sorrow do not come to us by chance, they are sent by the Divine
Mercy for our own perfecting."
"Everything in life ministers to our development. Our lesson is to study and
learn... Tests are either stumbling-blocks or stepping-stones, just as we
make them."

"Anybody can be happy in the state of comfort, ease, health, success,
pleasure and joy; but if one be happy and contented in the time of trouble,
hardship and prevailing disease, it is the proof of nobility."

"Men who suffer not, attain no perfection. The plant most pruned by the
gardeners is that one which, when the summer comes, will have the most
beautiful blossoms and the most abundant fruit."

"Those who suffer most, attain to the greatest perfection..."

The Purpose of Life
Our purpose here on earth is to develop our souls so that we are ready for
the next world. Tests and difficulties are necessary for this development.
"The one in pursuit of anything must undergo difficulties and hardships
until the object in view is attained and the great success is obtained."

"The same test comes again in greater degree, until it is shown that a
former weakness has become a strength..."

"The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. The more
the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow, the better the harvest
will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds
and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs
of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment. His
attitude in this world will be that of divine happiness... Through suffering
he will attain to an eternal happiness which nothing can take from him..."

"To attain eternal happiness one must suffer. He who has reached the state
of self-sacrifice has true joy. "

"Be not in despair, but rather smile by the mercy of your Lord; and be not
sorrowful when meeting with worldly difficulties and depressions, for they
pass away - and thine shall be immortality during ages and centuries, times
and cycles."

Innocent Children
"As to the subject of babes and infants...who are afflicted...for those
souls there is a recompense in another world...For those souls that
suffering is the greatest mercy of God."

Patience and Acceptance
If we do not accept the problems which life presents us, and do not use them
as means for our development, we will cause ourselves much unnecessary
"Be patient under all conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence
in God."

"God hath never burdened any soul beyond its power."

"O Son of Spirit! Ask not of Me that which we desire not for thee, then be
content with what we have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which
profiteth thee, if therewith thou dost content thyself."

"...Tests are benefits from God, for which we should thank Him."

I am a member of the Baha'i Faith. This is from a Bahá'í prayer:

"I beg of Thee, O my God,...O Thou in whose hands are both the visible and
invisible kingdoms, to ordain that my choice be conformed to Thy choice, and
my wish to Thy wish, that I may be entirely content with that which Thou
didst desire, and be wholly satisfied with what Thou didst destine for me by
Thy bounteousness and favour."

Live in the Spiritual World
"Today, humanity is bowed down with trouble, sorrow and grief, no-one
escapes; the world is wet with tears; but thank God, the remedy is at our
doors. Let us turn our hearts away from the world of matter and live in the
spiritual world! It alone can give us freedom! If we are hemmed in by
difficulties we have only to call upon God, and by His great Mercy we shall
be helped...When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this world,
let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of God's compassion and He will send
us heavenly calm!"
"A man with his thoughts in this (spiritual) Kingdom knows perpetual joy.
The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by, but they only touch the
surface of his life, the depths are calm and serene."


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