From The Temptation of St. Anthony, Hieronymus Bosch
Mankind, astral or otherwise, must progressively deepen suffering in order for the soul to develop. The reasons for this cannot be directly understood without coming under a higher set of influences, or emanations, and in our own case those emanations are those of the sun.
—Views from the Real World, Feb. 17 1924
—Views from the Real World, Feb. 29 1924
One of the great difficulties everybody has in understanding what is meant by this kind of suffering is a nearly infinite number of associations with the word which assign it to outer objects, events, circumstances, and conditions. What is spoken of here is strictly inner suffering; so in a certain sense, intentional suffering means suffering from within. This kind of inner suffering arrives from within and is not provoked by outside forces or events.