Ask Deepak: How Can We Be Blessed If There's Suffering and Pain?
— Jeannette D., El Lago, Texas
My first instinct is to ask if you are a worrywart because this is like somebody asking if we go to heaven by getting airplane tickets. You don't have to frustrate yourself by asking ultimate questions for which there are no answers. A prayer is a prayer. It expresses warm feelings, wishes and benediction. Prayers weren't made up by philosophers with PhDs.
But on reflection, I realized that your question is more indirect. You aren't worried about Jains and vegans hurting the carrots they pull out of the ground. You are worried about the existence of cruelty and pain. The issue of suffering isn't resolved for you, and I admire that. But let's focus first on your suffering. If you experience life as something full of risk, danger, unfairness, inhumanity, etc., that means you are a feeling person. Having me resolve a point of morality isn't going to ease those feelings.
What will? Taking your empathy seriously and doing one of two things. Either go out and help others who are in suffering and pain, or begin to walk the path of self-awareness. They aren't incompatible, of course. I think you will find, once you begin to help others, that suffering doesn't kill the human spirit. We are here to question and yearn. If we deal with our nature in a healthy way, this yearning makes us grow. If we don't deal with our nature in a healthy way, we sit around and worry with no results, but more worry.
Next question: How do I overcome the stress and anxiety of work and life?
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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
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