The following story covers several conversations between Avatar Meher Baba and Jean Adriel, where she is lamenting her despair to Him.
Jean, author of the book Avatar and a co-founder of Meher Mount, was among a group of Eastern and Western disciples with Meher Baba in Cannes, France, in the summer and fall of 1937.
“Why do we suffer? Meher Baba replied: “To take birth means to suffer. When suffering leads to real eternal happiness, we should not attach importance to this suffering. It is to eliminate suffering that suffering has to come.
“This suffering is unnecessary and self-inflicted; ninety-nine percent of the world's suffering is self-inflicted; and then people ask, ‘Why must we suffer?’ Great suffering means great liberation."