Do people have to suffer before
they can seek the path of Enlightenment?
Q: Do You believe that people have to go through chaos and destruction, or much pain and suffering, before they can seek the path of Enlightenment?
A: People do not have to go through chaos and destruction, pain and suffering—before, during, or after seeking the path of Enlightenment, nor are they prerequisites for it. However, it just so happens that most everybody does. There have been very, very few exceptions to this, over the course of history. Look at it this way: Suppose you are a ball. The moment God drops that ball is the moment you enter Creation. Now, if a ball is falling, when does that ball begin its ascent? The answer is simple: when it hits the ground.
This explains the nature of human evolution on Earth. It is when you have hit rock bottom—as the inevitable result of all selfish pursuits for sense gratification (which people seek to numb the pain of feeling separate from God) and for material goals and gains (false gods), at some point in a given lifetime (and it is not this lifetime for everyone)—that the ball begins its ascent. And in this third-dimensional world of polarity, of duality, that does entail much chaos, destruction, pain, and suffering because all pain and suffering is caused by resistance to God’s will.