As I was walking on the street, I saw a small kid crying. He was bleeding on his knees. I sat down to comfort him. As I sat next to him this tiger philosophy arouse in me. I grabbed the opportunity to think about my philosophy and comfort the young boy.
Thus I begun and the young listener listened. “There are 3 levels of pain one can experience”, I said to the young listener. There is pain of poor person, there is pain of rich person and there is pain of the higher self. Whenever you have to choose among these pain choose thehighest pain, because only through highest pain you can grow toward your final destination.
The poor man experiences what is described as “pythra” which expresses itself in physical body. It is always concerned with survival, hunger, wealth, status, desire with all our very basic needs.
“What about the pain of the rich man”, asked the young listener? The rich man experiences pain in the psychological body. He experiences a deep sadness, a sense of meaninglessness to his existence. That is called “dukkha”. It is the flowering of a seed in a never ending stream of void. He has all the reason to be happy, exactly therein lies the very root of his unhappiness. He has experienced wealth, health, love, there is nothing more to achieve for this person, he has everything his heart desires, still he experiences unhappiness.
“Interesting”, said the young listener! The higher- self experiences pain, which is neither physical nor psychological of nature, his pain manifests itself through itself at a compassionate level. There is a BIG difference in the first two and the last form of pain. The first two are concerned with you as a person. The pain of higher-self is only concerned with the state of other beings. It feels pain because others are in pain, it is not an ego based rather egoless pain. He feels pain because he is dis-attached, disconnect, distanced from the society. The mundane language does not support him to describe his higher experiences. The ears of the society are not ready to hear his voice, in this adequacy lays his pain.
The young listener had calmed down and I had my tiger philosophy for today, so here our paths separated again!
The hierarchy of pain!