Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Suffering and its source

Arun Shourie says he has realised that nothing can be done about the main cause of suffering, but it teaches him how to deal with consequences

.Does He Know a Mother's Heart
Arun Shourie;
HarperCollins; Rs 599

The title of Arun Shourie's latest book, Does He Know a Mother's Heart comes out of an incident involving the philosopher J. Krishnamurti.

“The book deals with the question we all connect at sometime — ‘Why do we suffer?',” said Arun Shourie in an interaction at the Reliance TimeOut recently. Shourie launched his book in the city at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) with former Infosys CEO Narayan Murthy and IIM-B Director Pankaj Chandra.

“I looked at the explanations given in texts like the Bible, Quran, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras. I have also taken up explanations given by people like Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi. But I have found that none of these explanations really speak up for themselves.”

His questioning stems from his experiences with his differently-abled son (who has cerebral palsy) and his wife, who is afflicted by Parkinson's disease.

Once, while meeting with Krishnamurti in Delhi, the philosopher asked him to bring his son along, with whom he would spend time talking. On a few such occasions, Krishnamurti would ask Arun where his wife was and each time Arun would make up some “silly excuse” for his wife's absence. His wife meanwhile refused to meet with spiritual gurus as her “hopes were raised again and again, and again and again they are shattered.”

Full report here Hindu

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