AVATAR'S SUFFERING IS REAL
Bliss signifies freedom, whereas suffering signifies bondage. Infinite Bliss, therefore, expresses absolute freedom. Only the cores of Bondage (suffering) can hold down and restrain that freedom (bliss) into captivity within a human form.
Hence, God who is Infinite Bliss, binds Himself with suffering when He assumes human form. In short, God remains amidst mankind as man, only when He allows Himself to be bound by suffering.
The Sadguru has attained absolute freedom and therefore (as Man-God) has merely to play the part of suffering in bondage, just as an actor in a play lives the part of a king or a beggar while enacting it. On the other hand, the Avatar takes on bondage, and therefore, (as God-Man) actually "becomes" the role He has assumed and has to really suffer.
LIFE IS A JEST, p. 37, ed A. K. Hajra
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