Question: Acharya Ji, why do good people always suffer the most in their lives and evil people enjoy the most in their lives?
Acharya Prashant: What’s your name?
AP: Rachit is saying, “Why do good people suffer and why do bad people enjoy?”
Rachit, if you are suffering, that itself is proof enough that you are quite bad!
It has been clearly realised, that suffering is sin. The only sin is to suffer.
Let’s understand why:
What is it that gets hurt and suffers?
AP: What in the mind gets hurt and suffers?
You see, there is a beautiful Zen saying, it says, ‘You cannot drive a nail into empty space.’
To drive a nail, what do you need?
When you drive a nail into the wall, the wall will get hurt. It is impossible to drive a nail into it, without hurting it. Similarly, if you are empty of conditioning, nobody can drive a nail into you. You get hurt, you suffer, because you have a rigid wall of beliefs. When those beliefs are shaken, then you suffer. That wall, is a wall of beliefs. That’s why, the really good man — because you talked in the language of good and bad, so I am borrowing it from you — never suffers. He does not have the capacity to suffer. He can have pain.
You know, once a man like that, met an accident; he was asked,
‘How are you?’
He said, ‘Wounded, but not hurt.Wounds are alright; situations can give me wounds but nothing can hurt me; because to be hurt, you require a particular wall, I don’t have that wall, so nothing can hurt me; I never suffer. Even in the deepest pain, I don’t suffer. I experience the pain, there is no doubt about it. If you cut my leg-off, then I will experience pain, but even that pain will not touch my innermost point, I will not suffer.’