Is Suffering Inevitable?
Sadhguru looks at how Western psychology seems to have concluded that suffering is a part of life. He explores the fundamentals of living blissfully, and asks a fundamental question: If we can be free for suffering for one moment, can't we create that for one more moment, and one more moment... Fortunately he says, moments only come one at a time, not in bunches!
(Sadhguru): we need to understand this - people are coming to conclusions by looking at certain limitations. For example, you know, the psychiatry and other things - people like Freud, they’ve come to many conclusions about humanity which are utterly nonsensical. It is just that because they studied only sick people; they never got to study a Buddha, isn't it? They studied only mentally sick people, with that they're making conclusions about whole humanity, it’s not so. Now, if you can create suffering, you can also create something else, isn't it? Do you see who you are, whatever you may think you are right now, your personality, your identifications, all these things are fine, but fundamentally… if you're really alert and listening to me, you cannot sit here as a man or a woman, you can only sit here as a certain life energy, isn't it? Yes?
If you're aware, ‘I'm a man, I'm a woman,’ that means you're not here totally. Yesterday you were playing a game. When you're really playing, if you're conscious about you being a man or a woman, can you play the game? When you're really playing, all those things fell off, isn't it? Yes? Who you are, your identification, your qualifications, your nonsense, just in a game did it fall off, for few moments at least? A simple game, throwing the ball at somebody, do you see your big identities just fall off so easily. If you don’t pay attention to it, they fall off. If you get focused on something else, they fall off. So, people are trying to experience this in many ways - playing a game, jumping off a mountain, singing a song, dancing, doing this, falling in love with somebody, these are all different ways that people are trying to get involved in something to such a point that they can forget all the other nonsense that they have created. Yes? But none of these things can you sustain for 24 hours of the day. Now, we are exploring a technology where you don’t have to do anything and still be that way. Because if a certain state of being is related to a certain activity, nobody can maintain that activity 24 hours of the day, isn't it? Any kind of activity. Whether it is playing or singing or dancing or music or love or meditation, you cannot manage it for 24 hours of the day, it's not possible, not practical, isn't it?
So, that means if you can create something for one moment… so you're able to create a certain sense of freedom from suffering for one moment; if you create one moment, can't you create one more moment? Hum? Can't you create one more, one more, and one more and one more? That’s the way you create your life. Fortunately moments don’t come at you in bunches, they're coming only one at a time, isn't it? (Laughs) Are they coming in bunches? Only one at a time. If you know how to make this moment blissful, you can live blissfully, isn't it? Now, suffering, please look at it and see, people are capable of suffering just about anything. Is it so? People are suffering their well-being, people are suffering their illness. People are suffering loneliness, people are suffering togetherness. Is it so? (Laughs) People are suffering poverty, people are suffering affluence. Is it so? People are suffering discomfort, people are suffering comfort. Is it so? So, they're capable of suffering every… anything. So, obviously they are creating suffering. Yes? If you look at yourself, this life energy which you call as ‘myself’ sometimes has been very blissful. Has it been joyful and blissful at certain times? Sometimes it's been absolute turmoil, sometimes peaceful, sometimes agony, sometimes ecstasy - has it gone through all this? So, it is capable of finding all these various expressions.
So, if it is capable of all this; if only if you had little mastery over your life energies, what would you instruct your life energies to be, misery or joy? Joy. So, people who have no control over their systems, they are talking suffering is inevitable. No, suffering is not inevitable; suffering is self created. If you're aware, if you take your body into control, if you just have little mastery over your body at least 15 to 25-30% of your life and destiny will be in your hands, please see, just your body, physical mastery. Is it so? If you take your mind into your control, if you have mastery over your mind, at least 40 to 60% of your mind will be… 40 to 60% of your life will be in your control. If you take your life energies into your control, 100% of your destiny will be in your control. The very way you live and the very way you die will be decided by you. Anybody, please.