ALL AFFAIRS of life depend upon man's attitude, and the
mechanical work that is psychologically done is such that
before man steps forward to work he sees his attitude being
reflected on his affair. For instance, a person starts to
do something with doubt in his mind – on that affair he
sees the shadow of doubt. When a person wants to do something
which he knows is not quite just – before he begins to work
he sees the phantom of injustice before him.
The heart of man, as the Sufis say, is a mirror. All
that is reflected in this mirror is projected upon other
mirrors. When man has doubt in his heart that doubt is reflected
upon every heart with which he comes in contact. When he
has faith that faith is reflected in every heart. Can there
be a more interesting study and a greater wonder than to
observe this keenly? As soon as man is able to watch this
phenomenon in life, it is just like a magic lantern that
makes all clear to him. In this light, how foolish would
appear the cleverness and the crooked ways of the dishonest
who for a moment thinks that he is profiting by them, and
who for a moment may seem to be benefited by them.
In this life on earth, in which we cannot depend even
on the morrow, and in which worldly gains are snatched from
one hand to an other, it is not worthwhile making the heart
reflect an element that is foreign to it. That which is
comforting and consoling through all this life of falsehood
is only the feeling of purity in one's own heart, when one
feels that one's own attitude in life is right and just.
The one who experiences this will certainly say that it
is greater than all the wealth of the world. It is the knowledge
of this philosophy which seems to be lost from the heart
of humanity at the present time. It is therefore that all
things go wrong. If there is any preventive which can be
used against it, it is to make one's own life as much as
one can an example of one's ideal – although to make it
perfectly so is most difficult. There is nothing like trying,
and having failed once, another time one may be successful.
Someone may say, 'Yes, for certain errors made here suffering
has now come; I shall bear it'. No doubt he is brave and
just, but personally I would prefer the man who would resist
suffering by realizing that his birthright, as a divine
right, is happiness alone. Pain and suffering are foreign
to his soul; they do not belong to it. He does not want
it, he will not have it.
Question: Is suffering necessary for our evolution?
Answer: Suffering is helpful for evolution, not necessary.
Therefore we must not seek suffering in order to evolve.
We must avoid it. To a wise person every failure is a teaching,
but it is better if he avoids learning in this way.
Question: Would it be possible to gain the same degree
of evolution in life without suffering?
Answer: Certainly possible, but most difficult.