Inevitability of miseries and sufferings: There is no such thing as exclusive happiness or sorrow; because there never is one without the other, even though people pretend as if the opposite is true, and that a constant state of happiness is the way to be. There is a dilemma in the form of a statement by ayurveda, that, in human life, miseries and illnesses are inevitable and unavoidable.
The fact of inevitability of miseries and sufferings has a couple of interesting aspects.
- First, every person’s life is a living proof of this fact.
- Second, people cherish an ideal to lead a symptom-free and difficulty-free life, and even think of it as their birthright.
- State of mental health should not be dependent on the presence or absence of illnesses or difficulties, and should go beyond both. So, it should be possible for a person to be mentally healthy in spite of difficulties and/or illnesses.
- State of mental health is a set of attitudes and skills that can be learnt with time and effort.
- It should also involve sincere managing of illnesses and/or difficulties to the best of one’s circumstances and abilities.