“…strive to see pain as the mother of joy.”

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Why so much suffering?

From Wikipedia:

“All sentient beings suffer during their lives, in diverse manners, and often dramatically. No field of human activity deals with the whole subject of suffering, but many are concerned with its nature and processes, its origin and causes, its meaning and significance, its related personal, social, and cultural behaviors, its remedies, management, and uses.”

Aldous Huxley:

“At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.”

Emily Dickinson:
“Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.”

Fritz Williams:

“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. ln those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.”

Helen Keller:

“The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”

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“Men who suffer not, attain no perfection. The plant most pruned by the gardeners is that one which, when the summer comes, will have the most beautiful blossoms and the most abundant fruit.

“The labourer cuts up the earth with his plough, and from that earth comes the rich and plentiful harvest. The more a man is chastened, the greater is the harvest of spiritual virtues shown forth by him. A soldier is no good General until he has been in the front of the fiercest battle and has received the deepest wounds.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50


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Angels of Snow and Fire

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Having been a spiritual seeker for most of my life, I’ve found the words and signs that seem to be contradictory to be the most meaningful.

That’s not to say I can necessarily give a rational explanation of the intense feelings such concepts stir up…

One of my favorites

and one I’d appreciate your comments on is:

“But for the burning of their souls and the sighing of their hearts, they would be drowned in the midst of their tears, and but for the flood of their tears they would be burnt up by the fire of their hearts and the heat of their souls. Methinks, they are like the angels which Thou hast created of snow and of fire.”

Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 157

Here’s the full prayer . . .