The Significance of Suffering

The Significance of Suffering

“Is suffering merely a word, or an actuality? 
If it is an actuality and not just a word, then the word has no meaning now, so there is merely the feeling of intense pain. 
With regard to what? 
With regard to an image, to an experience, to something which you have or have not. 
If you have it, you call it pleasure; if you haven’t it is pain. Therefore pain, sorrow, is in relationship to something. 
Is that something merely a verbalization, or an actuality ? 
That is when sorrow exists, it exists only in relationship to something. it cannot exist by itself – even as fear cannot exist by itself but only in relationship to something: to an individual, to an incident, to a feeling. Now, you are fully aware of the suffering. 
Is that suffering apart from you and therefore you are merely the observer who perceives the suffering, or is that suffering you?”
(J. Krishnamurti -The Book of Life)

I met this lady in front of a temple in Varanasi (benaras) while she was buying a few bracelets to a street seller.
I like her expression which reminds me European classic paintings from the 17° century.
There was no real pain on her face, she was only wondering if she was paying the right price as she was coming from another state of the country nevertheless I thought that her portrait could be added to the words of the great philosopher.

One Response to “The Significance of Suffering”

  1. great impressive Portrait!
    like it!

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