The Mechanics of Human Suffering

Sadhguru looks at the mechanics and cause of human suffering, and gives us a tool to move out of the “garbage bin” our mind is.

Sadhguru looks at the mechanics and cause of human suffering, and gives us a tool to move out of the “garbage bin” our mind is.

Sadhguru: There are two ways people can suffer. Generally, people think in terms of physical suffering and mental suffering. Physical suffering could be caused in different ways but 90% of human suffering is mental, which is caused within ourselves. People create suffering for themselves every day – suffering anger, fear, hatred, jealousy, insecurity and so many other things. This is the maximum suffering in the world.

The Mechanics of Suffering

Why is humanity suffering? Let us understand the mechanics of suffering. Today morning, did you see that the sun came up wonderfully well? The flowers blossomed, no stars fell down, the galaxies are functioning very well. Everything is in order. The whole cosmos is happening wonderfully well today but just a worm of a thought worming through your head makes you believe it is a bad day today. Suffering is happening essentially because most human beings have lost perspective as to what this life is about. Their psychological process has become far larger than the existential process, or to put it bluntly, you’ve made your petty creation far more important than the Creator’s creation. That is the fundamental source of all suffering. We have missed the complete sense of what it means to be alive here. A thought in your head or an emotion within you determines the nature of your experience right now. The whole creation is happening wonderfully well but just one thought or emotion can destroy everything. And your thought and emotion may have nothing to do even with the limited reality of your life.

What you call as “my mind” is not yours actually. You don’t have a mind of your own. Please look at it carefully. What you call as “my mind” is just society’s garbage bin. Anyone and everyone who passes by you stuffs something into your head. You really have no choice about whom to receive from and whom not to receive from. If you say, “I don’t like this person,” you will receive a lot more from that person than anyone else. You really don’t have a choice. If you know how to process and use it, this garbage is useful. This accumulation of impressions and information that you have gathered is only useful for survival in the world. It has got nothing to do with who you are.

From Psychological to Existential

When we talk about a spiritual process, we are talking about shifting from psychological to existential. Life is about the creation that is here, knowing it absolutely and experiencing it the way it is; not distorting it the way you want. If you want to move into existential reality, to put it very simply, you just have to see that what you think is not important, what you feel is not important. What you think has nothing to do with reality. It has no great relevance to life. It is just chattering away with nonsense that you have gathered from somewhere else. If you think it is important, you will never look beyond that. Your attention naturally flows in the direction of whatever you hold as important. If your thought and your emotion is important, naturally your whole attention will be right there. But that is a psychological reality. That has nothing to do with the existential.

Suffering is not showered upon us, it is manufactured. And the manufacturing unit is in your mind. It is time to shut down the manufacturing unit.

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7 years ago

That is the power of our self through mind. Mind is the medium by which it is done

7 years ago

Thanks a lot to Sadhguru... I was searching for an answer for a long time and it was here... I feel like a miracle happened... tears rolling down Sadhguru... Pranam...

7 years ago

I don't know my suffering from thoughts because my physical suffering brings all my mental suffering as well. My loved one just leave me like that. Even my existence just want to end.

7 years ago

This is very difficult to understand. May be lay ones like me need it more clearly

6 years 9 months ago


7 years ago

Thank you Sadhguru. I just have a doubt which I earnestly hope you could clear. If our thoughts are mere psychological and have no existential relevance, how is it that our thoughts are actually able to change the molecular structure of the water? If our thoughts are changing the very molecular structure of the water, then it got to have some existential consequence, isn't it? Please clarify. Thanks, Vivek.

5 years 9 months ago

Guruji its amazing. . We should read every day to clean our garbage. .

7 years ago

wonderful...O Sadhguru..

5 years 9 months ago

guru padukabhym

Satsangatve nissangatvam
Nissangatve nirmohatvam
Nirmohatve nishchalatattvam
Nishchalatattve jeevanmukti

5 years 9 months ago

The H2O is also outside of material existence--only through our mind is it "H2O," so it what is causing the change is that same fundamental connection between the essence of a "person" and the essence of the "molecule." This translates into our dimensional reality, to achieve that changing on our material level.

7 years ago

molecular structure of water? Last I checked it was still H2O

5 years 9 months ago

During Sadhana, there is a state where the physical / material pleasures don't charm anymore but the (karmic) bondage has not sufficiently loosened up. And at the same time, the dimensions beyond the physical are not steadily established leaving the sadhak in a state of longing. When the energies are in a certain pitch, this state is utterly beautiful. But at times, the mind's encroachment creates situations for entanglements and suffering. With consistent Sadhana, hopefully this fluctuation will soon cease.

7 years ago

Thoughts like worms did torment me
In the garbage bin I so proudly carried
Then I would whine, whimper and cry out loud
With the suffering I could do without

Then He tells me what went wrong
Feelings and thoughts are of no consequence
Shut the mind and hit the gong
In silence thou shall find peace and sense

Pranams Sadhguru

4 years 8 months ago

Wow .. I really like to read all the stuff by sadhguru.. Thank you

7 years ago

Wow tht's really nice.

11 months 1 week ago

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7 years ago

The molecules of water are still the same, H2O, but the way the molecules are constructed (i.e. the structure of the molecules) changes. It's two different terms: molecules (which stay the same) and the structure (which can be rearranged). What you refer to is the chemical formula, which doesn't have anything to do with structure.

7 years ago

This is wisdom. Brain controls our emotion. Understanding ones purpose of existence and relating it to Sadhguru's explanation clarifies root cause of suffering.