Yogi: When I'm not mindful, defilements overcome the mind and it suffers terribly.
Sayadaw: People who suffer a lot understand this very well. That’s why I’m interested in suffering. It wakes us up – but people are afraid of suffering.
When real suffering comes into your life, it is a very good experience because only then can you find out how to overcome this suffering.
That’s why I wish yogis not always to be happy and peaceful.
Yogis when they meet real suffering, they have no choice but to practice hard; and one day when they overcome it, they will realize the value of the practice, the value of awareness.