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karma and suffering
We attribute our present suffering to bad karmic reactions of past. Thinking like that can make us complacent to other people's sufferings. How can we avoid such actions on our part?
As we know, bad karma and consequentially suffering is a reaction from our past deeds. But that should not make us callous to other’s suffering since the mission of Krishna and a devotee is to make everyone happy. We should be “para duhkha duhkhi” – we should feel other’s suffering as our own. So, our primary duty is to teach people how to come out of their misfortune, how to connect to Krishna and how to become happy. Since happiness is contagious our duty is to be always happy. This is confirmed by Krishna in many places, such as Bg 17.16 “manah prasadah” (we should have satisfied mind), in 12.14 “santustah satatam yogi” (My devotee that is always satisfied is very dear to Me), and in 12.19 “santusto yena kenacit” (My devotee that is satisfied with anything is very dear to Me) to mention just a few.
This is a really interesting conversation. Echoing the above answers, my view is that whilst we may understand that suffering is inevitable and we suffer the consequences of our actions, we should try and help regardless; because Krishna gives us all free will. Krishna dispenses reactions in a way which can be beneficial for our spiritual life.
Therefore, when we see other people suffering this is OUR test, maybe Krishna wanted to test us and see how we are reacting to suffering of others. This is the sliding doors moment, In this moment we have a choice and the depending on the choice we make, it can either make us insensitive or more sensitive. This is a great catalyst for progression in spiritual life. However, we have to acknowledge that we can only give to other what we have, sometimes you may not be the right person to help.