Suffering, A Doorway To Ecstasy

“LANDSCAPES” March 2015, Photo: MBuffett

“The body, then, is the field in which we grow and harvest our experiences, which may be positive or negative, painful or pleasant. While negative, painful experiences do not bring us immediate joy, they do so in the long run because – if we are wise – we relate to them rightly by regarding them as useful lessons. No experience need be devoid of merit. People have had major spiritual breakthroughs as a result of  suffering and debilitating illness. Even physical pain does not have to be a merely unpleasant experience. In fact, it can sometimes be a doorway to ecstasy.”

– from ‘Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy’ by Georg Feuerstein

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