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Suffering as a teacher


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[1 of 4] Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greece): primary subject "Suffering, as a teacher" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)"
By suffering men learn. [Pathein, mathein]

[2 of 4] Bunyan, John (1628-1688, England): primary subject "Suffering, as a teacher" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)"
God enters the soul by a wound.

[3 of 4] Meher Baba (1894-1969, India): primary subject "Suffering, as a teacher" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)"
Great suffering awakens great understanding in man. Supreme suffering fulfills its purpose when it awakens him finally to genuine longing for real understanding. Unprecedented suffering leads to unprecedented spiritual results. It contributes to the basing of life on an unshakeable foundation of truth.

[4 of 4] Scupoli, Lorenzo (1530-1610, Italy): primary subject "Suffering, as a teacher" (search under Inner Life/Death, Suffering)"
Not only when a man falls into some sin, but also when he is afflicted by some ill-fortune, tribulation or sorrow, and especially a grievous and long-drawn bodily sickness, he must understand that he suffers this in order to acquire self-knowledge, namely the knowledge of his weakness—and to become humble.