What is the purpose of suffering? Some say that we become closer to God by sharing our grief with others. But most of us would sell our souls to avoid any sufferings. Others would say that suffering is God’s punishment and blame themselves.
Does God bring upon this suffering, or do we bring the suffering upon ourselves. Some believe that the universe has specific laws that are absolute, like the law of gravity. They believe that causality fits in this category. We bring upon our own sufferings or joy depending on our thoughts and behavior. The events in our future are contingent on our thoughts and behaviors of today. Suffering by this theory, develops from our evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions.
Suffering serves to purify the mind. If we accept our sufferings joyously and purify our minds, we have the ability to plant seeds that will blossom into joy in the future. But many times, people become more irritated and annoyed when suffering occurs, which plants bad seeds that will turn into suffering again. But if we accept our suffering and purify our minds, we have the ability to eliminate suffering in the future.
The following is a quote from the Osashizu:
What is painful is a knot (suffering), yet buds sprout from knots. Have a spacious mind that allows you to accept your pain as a knot and a source of delight. This one truth is eternal. March 5, 1894