The sadness in seeing others suffer

Acharya Prashant
2 min readOct 10, 2019

If you become sensitive to the suffering of others in the world projected by you, then you become sensitive to your own suffering as well because the others and you are, the man and the images in the mirrored hall.

That’s the thing with violence, you know. You hurt others — human beings, nature, environment. You are alright seeing animal slaughtered for food, for consumption. You are bound to be then alright seeing yourself slaughtered as well.

The attitude that you have towards others’ suffering, is bound to be similar to the attitude that you have towards yourself. If you can inflict violence towards others, or tolerate others being violated, then you will also silently tolerate your own slaughter, your own violation. Because you and the images are actually one.

We said that man is very resilient to suffering. Now you know why. We tolerate a lot of suffering because we inflict a lot of suffering. We inflict suffering on others and we are okay seeing them suffer. If you are okay seeing others suffer, you would be okay seeing yourself suffer.

And now you would also know why the Messengers, the Knowers, the Prophets, the Gurus work for others. They work for others