Only when we experience the crushing, painful depths of suffering can we begin to understand the true meaning of life. Precisely because we have experienced great suffering, it is imperative that we go on living. If each of you uses your sadness as a source of growth, you will become a person of great depth. This is the harvest of your pain and suffering.
Daisaku Ikeda SGI
Everyone experiences pain and suffering. When we don’t understand it we tend to blame others or we think what happens isn’t our fault. We don’t want our unhappiness to be our fault. But when we don’t accept that we have made the causes for our life to be the way it is, because of causes we made in the past, then we don’t learn and grow and most likely repeat the same mistakes over and over.
Some of want to think a higher life form wants us to have the problems we have and this being wants to test us. It would be so easy to do that, but it also keeps us from growing as we wait for something else to change our problems so we can become happy. If you look deeply at your life to see if indeed you are happy, and find that your problems really haven’t changed it might give you cause to wonder why.
Your faith, whatever it is, should make you happy. It should enable you to change the things about yourself that make you unhappy. It’s not about what happens when you die – it’s about your life while you live. When I see people hurting each other, passing judgment on people not like themselves and exuding so much hate; while telling the world how much faith they have. I have to wonder, faith in what? What kind of faith is it that says it is okay to be so hateful?
I read posters that say, “God is love” and other wonderful platitudes, but I don’t see love in this country where people try to insist they live in a Christian nation. Really? Look at the political headlines on any given day and read about our Christian leaders and say, “This is love?” I don’t think so.