Pleasure and pain in life are respectively the rewards of the good and the bad actions of
an individual. If a man suffers, it is a reminder to him to ennoble his life and make his future
happy through the performance of good deeds, self-discipline and right effort.
When a person, convicted to a term of imprisonment by the court of law for having
committed an offence, escapes from the prison, the law demands that he should be rearrested
and given added punishment, because he had not only committed an offence but tried to avoid
the punishment therefor. So is the case with trying to escape from one’s suffering by inflicting
death on oneself, rather than attempting through self-effort to improve one’s future or accepting
philosophically what is beyond all help.
One has, besides, no right to take a life, even though it may be his own, since it is a crime
not only in the eyes of God but also in the eyes of social law. The person who commits suicide
will suffer more in a spirit-body for a period of time, and then take a lower form of birth, to work
out his Karma. So, one will not be benefited in any way by committing suicide.
From "May I answer that
" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda
: on the Website of Divine Life Society
, Photographs of Swami Sivananda
, German Pages on Swami Sivananda