Why is There Suffering in the World?
The feature of the nature is duality. It comprises a thing and opposite too: joy and woe, good and evil, love and hate, pain and pleasure. Through experiences of this duality, soul learns and evolves and in the end seeks truth beyond all the opposites. There is divine purpose behind all the sufferings whether personal sufferings or natural calamities. Suffering is the best teacher, who gives the insight of right and wrong. These are the sufferings which becomes the source of a soul evolution and learning.
Sins and Sufferings
If you are virtuous, you will enjoy pleasure. If not, you will get sufferings.
What is Sin? How Can We Atone for It?
There is no sinner at all in the world. These are wrong doing only that can be corrected after realization of sufferings and following the path of goodness and divinity. These wrong actions are transgression against the law of nature (divine law). There is no inherent or “original” sin at all. Neither is there mortal sin by which the soul is forever lost. The more you indulge in the path of goodness and austerity the early you will free from all the sufferings exactly same as a prisoner become free from the jail by following the good conduct. In fact, the life is a prison. According to the past conduct present life is offered to a person by the law of nature (action and reaction).
Law of Karma
Every action has a reaction, hence, the reaction of all the wrong doings done in the past time period comes in the forthcoming life before the doer in the form of sufferings. These mistakes or wrong doings can be corrected by changing the thoughts, actions, worship, devotion and austerities to make future life better and brighter.
“We are not afflicted by anyone but ourselves.”
Generally, people say “I did not commit any bad action, but still I am suffering from so and so trouble or diseases, why this all happened to me? God is hardhearted.”
We must keep in mind that there is no link between our action and the heart of God. If we are virtuous and kind in our entire soul life (not only in the present life) we will enjoy the bliss and happiness in our present and future lives. If we have committed mistakes or we are unkind in our soul life, it is sure that we will get diseases, pains and sufferings. Action or Karma has prime importance in the life of a soul.
Our actions may affect us either in this current birth or in the next, it makes no difference, but it affects us definitely. In fact, the action, people do is obligatory the people to experience its effects. For instance, if a person injured to another person, then in some future life time that another person is also forced to give the same kind of injury to the person. These are the actions only, why all we are taking birth after birth infinitely. We do an action in one life and experience the effect in some future life. Good action good experience and bad action bad experience there is no escape from action and its effect at all. Only very rare enlightened and blessed soul can break the cycle of life and death by the grace of God.
In fact, such blessed souls are destined to be enlightened and break the cycle of life and death. Whether such souls wish to be enlightened or not but even then they are enlightened and break the cycle. Circumstances force them to be enlightened and get the liberation.
So, be enlightened. Here are some examples of wrongdoings and mistakes along with their effects:
Wrong Doings or Mistakes Suffering
Robbing public money Throat diseases
Hatred towards Brahmins or learned one Headache
Cutting the trees and stealing the vegetables Ulcers
Cheating or telling lies vomiting
Stealing poor people’s money Cough and phlegm diseases
Killing Brahmins or learned person Pulmonary tuberculosis
Killing of cows Hump-backed and imbecile
The murderer of a virgin or seller of fake medicines leprous
Illicit intercourse Take birth as a eunuch
Eating sweets without offering to others Swollen-neck
Insults teacher or guru Epilepsy
Criticizing Vedas and Puranas Frequent jaundice
Giving false witness Dumb
Stealing books inborn blind
Kicking a cow or a Brahmin (learned) with foot Inborn lame
Telling lies Stammer ring
Giving poison to others Insane
Criticizing others’ gods Epilepsy
Insulting Vedas and scholars Suffer from kidney troubles
Talking ill of others Heart troubles
One who does abortions Becomes barren
Killing snakes, horses or cows Become childless
Stealing cloth Inborn skin diseases
Steals public fund Tumors around neck
Stealing food Piles
Stealing milk, curd, ghee, and butter leprosy
Hugs other’s wife Birth as a dog in the next 100 lives
Brahmin girl mating with a lower caste person Birth as a dog
Leering at other women Eye diseases
Stealing metals Poverty
Not making donations Born in poverty
Intercourse during eclipse Tuberculosis
Intercourse with a woman who is elder in age Diabetes
Stealing furniture Born as a crow
Stealing food Born as a rat
Stealing vegetables and leaves Born as a peacock
Stealing salt Born as an ant
Stealing fruits and flowers Born as a monkey in a forest
Stealing shoes grass and cotton Born as a sheep
Rowdies and hunters Born as goats and go to a butcher
Not keeping promise given to a Brahmin(learned) Born as a jackal
Deceiving friend Born as a vulture
Cheating in selling Born as an owl
Disliking his wife becomes a ruddy goose
Hating mother, father and teacher killed when he is in an embryo
Woman who abuses her mother-in-law and father-in-law, and causes quarrels -Born as a leech
A woman who scolds her husband Born as a louse
Leaving husband for another man -Born as a fox/ house-lizard/female serpent
A man who is desirous of his friend’s wife Born as a donkey
Worshiping deities for money Born as a hen
Taking alcohol or intoxication -Born as a wolf, then as a dog and then as a jackal
If you are suffering from any of given troubles listed above, you did the mentioned wrong action in your any past life. If in case again you are indulging in these wrong actions, you ought to realize the suffering in your any future life. Therefore, suggested to leave all the wrong doings and follow the path of truth and honesty.
So, stay blessed be enlightened,
With love light and peace