Video Teachings with Sri Bhagavan
Gratitude to Maria for the notes
& to Noni Kaufman for helping to
Sri Bhagavan Teaching - Suffering is in
Perception not in Fact
Bhagavan give us more clarity of
suffering is not in the fact but the
See do animals have suffering at all?
They do not have suffering except for a
very, very short while. They have
physical pain. If you beat an animal it
has got physical pain and for a short
term it may be very angry with you.
Now after sometime it's no more angry
with you because animals have only short
term memory. They don't have long term
Whereas we have long term memory and
therefore, we go on thinking about an
incident. Thinking about that incident
is what gives you suffering.
Suppose somebody comes and gives you a
fine slap. Now, what has happened? The
hand has hit this side. It's hot here
for a few minutes. That's all. So where
is the problem? You can think of it as
some kind of good exercise for your
cheeks, for your head and then go about
But then you are thinking, who is that
rogue who hit you, why did he hit you,
how to get back at him, how to punch
him, all the things that happened.
That's what we call suffering. The fact
is simple. Just one hand came and hit
your cheeks or somebody kicked you in
the back. That's all. So many times
you've fallen down. So what? But why are
you making such a big fuss out of it.
Because that memory is there and what is
memory? Memory is a flow of thought and
thought is the culprit. Thought always
makes mischief. It always creates
trouble. It survives by comparing.
So thought is the root cause of all
trouble and therefore it creates
suffering by converting that fact into a
perception. But then if you live a life
of inner integrity you could stop it.
If you lead the life of inner integrity
thought itself may stop. It may come
only when required or even if it comes
it would only be formal functional
thought: this light is burning, switch
it there, switch it off like this, put
it this way.
That kind of thought would be there, not
going on thinking about what has
happened either in the past or what is
going to happen in the future. You would
just be in the present.
In the present you cannot think.
Conversely, you can think of the past or
the future. The present is a living
experience. There is no thought at all.
But, you've got into this habit. Like
lying, this thinking has become a habit.
Non-stop you're thinking. So all the
time thinking, thinking, thinking, which
is a waste of energy.
That's why very often you feel tired,
you can't enjoy life because of non-stop
thinking. So what's the point of that
thinking? So if all this must stop, you
have to go back to inner integrity.
Similarly, I told you, all the time you
are speaking lies and if you speak the
truth, you would destroy society. But if
you don't speak the truth you will lead
a life of lies which has its own harmful
So how do we handle the situation? Well
at first we have to move into inner
integrity. If you move into inner
integrity you can be honest as well as
not disturb society. That's why we're
trying to teach you inner integrity.
So that is the truth if you want to
speak lies. If you want to stop
speaking lies you have to practice inner
integrity. And as lies reduce there is
no need for thoughts to go on working
The thoughts are so full of lies from
the ego going on thinking, continuously
covering up things because if it does
not go on thinking, the truth will be
exposed and you do not want to see the
truth about yourself. You do not realize
that while you know so much about the
other person you know very little about
You know very little about yourself, but
you seem to know so much about others
and the fact is if you look into
yourself you know what you'll find
there? Everybody wants to think nicely
about themselves, to think good about
You don't like the feeling of feeling
guilty, feeling bad. So everything is
nicely decorated. All that rubbish in
you is nicely decorated. It's all
hiding inside. That is your problem.
You've never seen yourself.
Speaking lies to somebody is ok, but
speaking lies to yourself destroys you.
And then you'll come out a liberated
being. You'll be as free as the bird
that is flying in the skies, so totally
free you'll become. But you have to
practice inner integrity. The only tool
is inner integrity.
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(Questions 2 and 3)