Pleasure and pain are linked closely to life. Pleasure is cherished, while pain becomes a burden and a cause of suffering. However, human soul evolves only by overcoming obstacles and adversities. In the state of pain, suffering and sorrow, a person is much closer to God than he is in the times of joy. Luxurious and easy-going life makes the person insane and arrogant, while adversity ushers the possibility of refining his personality. Afflictions are created only to awaken the person engrossed in the slumber of ignorance. In the state of happiness, even an awakened person may turn ignorant, while agony could awaken even an ignorant. (from Akhand Jyoti July/August 2014)

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