Swami Yogananda: Why does God permit suffering in the world? Should He not with His omnipotence do away with it at one stroke and ordain the universal realization of God?
Ramana Maharshi: Suffering is the way for Realisation of God.
Yogananda: Should He not ordain it differently?
Maharshi: It is the way.
Yogananda: Are yoga, religion, etc., antidotes to suffering?
Maharshi: Who suffers? What is suffering?
On hearing this Swami Yogananda became silent.
Talks With Ramana Maharshi
November 29th, 1935