The sage was injured in a car crash and had a leg in a cast. One of his visitors asked, “Are you suffering like everyone else or are you somehow spared all that?”

“There is pain but no suffering,” the sage replied.

They were intrigued. The sage explained that his body was like anyone else’s. When there was an injury, there was bound to be pain, which was a physical phenomenon.

“But then how is there no suffering?” they asked.

“Pain is just pain, but it becomes suffering when the me gets involved in it,” the sage elaborated.

(Francis J Valloor: A Dewdrop in the Ocean. Mumbai: Awareness Arc, 2009. Page 101)


  1. Avril Shannon on August 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    What a lovely e mail to receive . Are there any mindfulness courses running or meditation sessions running in the dun laoire area in September ?

    Sent from my HTC

    • DemelloAwareness on February 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Avril, we’ve had some problems with the site until a month ago. It is only today that I see your comment for which thank you. No courses are planned for the Dun Laoghaire area right now. The next event in Dublin is a meditation at AVila Centre in Donnybrook at 7.30 pm on Feb 7th.

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