“Suffering” is an interesting understanding of life. We usually equate suffering with pain and misery, but it is more than just that. Suffering is principally based on sentient being or sentiency. If we contemplate our own individual sentiency, our own experience, that we have at this very moment, we connect to essence.
There are myriad of sentient beings constituting other sentient beings: cells, organs, bodies, etc. Sentiency is permeating life as intelligence. On account of this aspect of intelligence we are able to suffer, mysterious it may be. That is the root understanding of DUALITY. Duality is not the sense of separation or ego-claim, but sentiency, the very essence of life, experience, and knowledge.
Suffering and pain, just like enjoyment and happiness are a collateral of soul development. When we are identified with the soul rather than with our personality, we will live in a state of continuous serenity and joy, while we are suffering pain and pleasure, happiness and sadness.
The important point to consider in this is self-awareness, or LOGOS, the ability to think and speak. Based on that we have the capacity to create unnecessary suffering for ourselves, others, and nature. Necessary suffering is a collateral of soul development or the mastery of energy. Unnecessary suffering is not. Unnecessary suffering keeps us in bondage to the three lower worlds for no good reason, but ignorance and desperation. You are account-able.
Soul development and mastery of energy happen as the polarity of 'Agency and Communion'. Agency: We are actors and decision makers, have will and intention, and we can think. All of these are agency. Communion: We are completely dependent on existence and life, our essence, the universe, in short: DIVINITY.
Let us contemplate ‘Integration’ and ‘necessary suffering’ in terms of non-duality.
There has not been one enlightened master anywhere in this world or in other worlds, who does not understand absolutely the necessary suffering and account-ability of self-awareness, and what it means.