Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 22 Apr 2023


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Should we react to misery or not?

[Shri Durgaprasad asked: Paadanamaskaaram Swami, in a discussion, someone said - "Lord Buddha told that an enlightened soul will not react to misery". Did He really say so? You said that one should be able to enjoy misery also. Kindly clarify. At Your lotus feet, -Durgaprasad]

Swami replied:- ‘React’ means reacting negatively. A yogi enjoys even the misery due to his immersion in the true love with God. He also will not react negatively. A scholar will also not react negatively because he knows that the misery is only the punishment given by the God-Judge for his own sinful action and knows that the punishment will exhaust the sin. In fact, the realized soul prays to God to give punishments of his sins as early as possible so that interest will not be accumulated on the punishments due to delay.