I have noticed that every thought that goes through my mind has a
direct psychical reaction in my body. Would it be correct to say that the mind is the generator of suffering, and the physical body is the receiver. It appears that we experience suffering in the physical body, not the mind. What I would like to know is how does an entity (if I may call it that) experience suffering if it doesn’t have a physical body? Like say in the ghost realm or any of the lower realms where there is no physical body.

Dear Bob,

Thank you for the opportunity to answer your question.

First of all, you are mostly correct, we experience suffering in the mind. However, while the mind is the one who experiences the SUFFERING, the body is the one that experiences the initial pain (which is real and is one of the stimulants of suffering). Pain is real and is physical. Suffering is emotional and voluntary.

There are some cases in which pain is welcomed and expected and enjoyed. Then there are cases where pain is not welcomed, unexpected and endured. The mind is the one that translates the pain and tells us what is wanted (happiness) and unwanted (suffering).

An entity that doesn't have a physical body can also experience pain or happiness. An easy enough example is fantasy or dreams.


Your body is not experiencing (directly) any of the sensations of the mind. The mind is making up the scenario and experiencing it. We can cry, laugh, scream or feel emotions even though our body is not flying, walking, eating, laughing. Our minds are. Our dreams are not necessarily real or based fully on reality. Sometimes we switch people in and out. Sometimes we replace our brother with our sister. Sometimes we replace our sister with our wife. But the feelings we feel are real.


Sometimes we sit and think about someone, we can feel anger arise or happiness arise without actually being physically involved with them.

For example, if we think about a girl/guy we like, we can get all hot and bothered and excited, even though we have not had immediate physical contact with them. But the feelings we experience are real. Our mind generates them based on past physical experience and memory.

I hope I have answered your questions.  


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