suffering

A Quote by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on action, duties, suffering, and freedom

By all means attend to your duties. Action, in which you are not emotionally involved and which is beneficial and does not cause suffering will not bind you. You may be engaged in several directions and work with enormous zest, yet remain inwardly free and quiet, with a mirror like mind, which reflects all, without being affected.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Source: I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on experience, pain, suffering, and perspective

The way to reduce the pain which you associate with earthly experiences and events—both yours and those of others—is to change the way you behold them.

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on suffering, freedom, stillness, and now


True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment.

This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering. Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no.

If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose.

Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: Stillness Speaks

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Dan on suffering, pain, life, change, reality, and mind

If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

Dan Millman

Source: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Chuck Palahniuk on savior and suffering

How torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer.
"Savior" isn't the right word, but it's the first word that comes to mind.
And it's funny how when somebody saves you, the first thing you want to do is save other people. All other people. Everybody.

Chuck Palahniuk

Source: Choke, Pages: 39

Contributed by: Marla

A Quote by William Shakespeare on the world, suffering, ignorance, and watchfulness

Why, let the strucken deer go weep,
     The hart ungalled play.
For some must watch, while some must sleep;
      Thus runs the world away.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Contributed by: Alane

A Quote by Cesar Chavez on suffering, miserable, prayer, service, struggle, justice, and world change

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;

So I will know my people's plight.

Free me to pray for others;

For you are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;

So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;

For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;

So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;

So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;

For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us;

So we can change the world

Amen

Cesar Chavez

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Maitreya Ishwara on reunion, enlightenment, separation, suffering, ecstasy, contrast, god, and evolution

Your reunion in the ecstasy of enlightenment requires a context of separation and suffering to add the necessary contrast to your soul's journey of evolution. Contrast is vital for a good story and God is the ultimate storyteller.

Maitreya Ishwara

Source: Unity

Contributed by: Asmita

A Quote by Cesar Chavez on non-violence, justice, sacrifice, suffering, and farm workers

I undertook this Fast because my heart was filled with grief and pain for the sufferings of farm workers. The Fast was first for me and then for all of us in this Union. It was a Fast for non-violence and a call to sacrifice.

Our struggle is not easy. Those who oppose our cause are rich and powerful and they have many allies in high places. We are poor. Our allies are few. But we have something the rich do not own. We have our own bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons.

When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So, it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.

To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!

Cesar Chavez

Source: Statement on ending of 21-day Fast, 1968

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Publius Vergilius Maro Vergil, Virgil on suffering and joy

Perhaps the day may come when we shall remember these sufferings with joy.

Virgil (70 - 19 BC)

Contributed by: MsCapriKell

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