Questioner: Nobody has suffered more than saints.
Nisargadatta Maharaj: Did they tell you, or do you say so on your own? The essence of saintliness is total acceptance of the present moment, harmony with things as they happen. A saint does not want things to be different from what they are; he knows that, considering all factors, they are unavoidable. The saint is friendly with the inevitable and, therefore, does not suffer. Pain he may know, but it does not shatter him. If he can, he does what is needful to restore the lost balance -- or he lets things take their course.
Q: He may die.
M: So what? What does he gain by living on and what does he lose by dying? What was born, must die; what was never born cannot die. It all depends on what he takes himself to be.
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