Pain

No Pain, No Gain. This is one of those universal Mantras. But what is the level of pain that one can tolerate before we break down. Sadly, we find out the limits only after we break down, when it is too late.

Let’s briefly classify the causes of pain as known and unknown.

Pain can come to us in any forms. One of it can be from a stressful day at work, or over stimulating by watching too much TV, overeating or generally overdoing something. But since these kind of pains are known to us, It is possible to regulate them. But think of the pain that can be caused by unknown factors, a death of a loved one, an accident, an unexpected long day at work. These can be some of the unknown causes which we cannot control.

Pain is inevitable in life. Anything and everything in this world would ultimately lead to some form of pain. Even as I type this, my fingers would pain a little after I finish. But that didn’t stop me from typing because my objective of experiencing this pain is so that I can express something useful to the world. Pain is not all bad then. The key to pain, is channelizing it for the right purpose. We have no right to cause pain to others, but if we can give a little bit of pain as a medicine to others, for their own development then it is not wrong at all. For example, if you want to teach a student on a particular subject, you can give him an assignment which would pain him to search through materials, collect the points and format it into an assignment. That pain for that student is necessary for his development.

So what is bad about Pain then, if pain is anyway inevitable?

There comes a point in life where we get blinded by selfish motives that we are not even aware that we are causing pain to others. We may ourselves be experiencing some pain and we would simply be subjecting others to that pain, in a sadistic way. That is unwanted pain. Pain that you would cause to a lot of people to satisfy your ulterior motives, your childish, selfish and perhaps egoistic motives.

One way to solve this problem is to become aware of the consequences of your action just like how you would predict the chess moves. There is pain in everything, but why should we become the cause of the pain to others and to even ourselves, when that pain is not developmental in nature. When you become aware of the consequences of your action and when you determine that there is unwanted pain in it, ask yourselves why would you still want to perform that action?

When there is no unwanted pain in this world, there will be real world peace.

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4 thoughts on “Pain

  1. Raji MKSamy February 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Nice post! You made it simple to understand

  2. Rohini March 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Aptly said. I remember a discourse by Sister Shivani from the BrahmaKumaris saying ” Only I , and no one else , can cause pain to myself”. Easier said than done though. We tend to attach our selves to everything dear to us – object or person. A small deviation from what we expect of that object or person , causes pain. Detachment , I guess is one solution.

  3. Dinesh Babu March 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Yes Rohini! That is true. But how will we detach? The more we try to detach, we will attach to it even more. One solution is to keep diverting ourself to other things. But still not fool proof.

  4. Reema March 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey

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