Two out of three types of suffering

There are three different types of suffering

1. Suffering due to the body or mind
2. Suffering due to other living entities
3. Suffering due to natural disturbances

Recently I have been dealing with types 1 and 2:

1. I went back to the doctor about my knee. I found out I had an infection there and I needed to use the crutches for another week. Using the crutches made my whiplash worse too.

2. I was attacked by some small living entities. Somehow I managed to get head lice. At the same time, my room at the temple became infested with some kind of biting bug that you can’t see but it makes you very itchy. I threw out the mattress and the bed and that seems to have solved the problem.

Despite these difficulties, I can’t really complain. Krishna is actually very kind. I surely deserve much worse karma than this, considering all of my previous sinful activities. It is only due to the small service that I have rendered to my spiritual master that my suffering is reduced.

Sanatana Goswami asked Lord Chaitanya:

“Who am I? Why do the threefold miseries always give me trouble? If I do not know this, how can I be benefited? Actually I do not know how to inquire about the goal of life and the process for obtaining it. Being merciful upon me, please explain all these truths.”
Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Lila 20.102-3

Lord Chaitanya replied that “Lord Krishna has bestowed His full mercy upon you so that all these things are known to you. For you, the threefold miseries certainly do not exist. Since you possess Lord Krishna’s potency, you certainly know these things. However, it is the nature of a sadhu to inquire. Although he knows these things, the sadhu inquires for the sake of strictness.” So Lord Chaitanya went on to explain the position of the living entity and told Sanatana that although a living entity has the facility to live in either the material or the spiritual world, when he comes to the material world he suffers the threefold miseries of material existence because he is influenced by nescience, which covers his constitutional position. Not only did Lord Chaitanya explain our fearful condition in material existence but he also explained how to become free:

“When the living entity is attracted by the material energy, which is separate from Krsna, he is overpowered by fear. Because he is separated from the Supreme Personality of Godhead by the material energy, his conception of life is reversed. In other words, instead of being the eternal servant of Krsna, he becomes Krsna’s competitor. This is called viparyayo ‘smrtih. To nullify this mistake, one who is actually learned and advanced worships the Supreme Personality of Godhead as his spiritual master, worshipful Deity and source of life. He thus worships the Lord by the process of unalloyed devotional service.”
Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Lila 20.119 (quoting from Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.37)

Lord Chaitanya further described and categorized various transcendental forms of the Lord and then he gave information about our eternal relationship with Krishna (sambandha), the process of devotional service (abhideya), and life’s ultimate goal – love of Godhead (prayojana).

At least one good thing has come out of my recent material suffering – I have become more motivated to reflect on these important topics, to engage more seriously in the process of devotional service, and to attain the goal of life.

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2 Responses to Two out of three types of suffering

  1. Vicky says:

    Hello Sukinkara,

    Can you please elaborate on Law of Karma and Sufering ?
    hope to hear from you soon.

    Glory to the Lord,
    Vicky

  2. Jayfeather says:

    I have also been going through this. Shockingly, I have received things I like to call prophecies.
    First, three rose leaves fell from a flower assortment that I had gotten my mother for mother’s day. (Two landed on my left leg and one landed in front of me as I walked into my house.) A day or two later, I was practicing kicks on a punching bag. (I take taekwondo lessons) And my left leg’s knee dislocated and popped back into place. It’s still sore today.
    Today, Monday May 16, 2011, I was going to school (7th grade) I was walking up to the school door, when I saw three dead baby birds (so young, they had no feathers) laying in a circle. This afternoon, I fell asleep while watching my little sister and my mother got home and grounded me.
    I know these seem a bit superstitious, but I tend to receive things like this just under the ordinary. (They aren’t always things like this.) I decided to google it to see what exactly was going on. I had no clue about the three types of suffering. I was thinking emotional, physical, and something else. But, I’ve gone through one and two. I still haven’t gotten a 3rd sign or a 3rd punishment, though.
    Not to mention, one of my biggest fears (and admirations) is mother nature’s wrath. Especially things like tornadoes. Whatever it is, I sure hope it doesn’t kill me. (I’m hoping it’ll be something like raining on me after I spent 5 hours on my hair or something like that)

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