Yerka, Jacek and André Maurois - On suffering
Type of Spiritual Experience
André Maurois (26 July 1885 – 9 October 1967) was a French author. Maurois was born in Elbeuf and educated was the son of Ernest Herzog, a Jewish textile manufacturer, and his wife Alice Lévy-Rueff. His family had fled Alsace after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 and took refuge in Elbeuf, where they owned a woollen mill. During World War I he joined the French army and served as an interpreter and later a liaison officer with the British army. When World War II began, he was appointed the French Official Observer attached to the British General Headquarters. In this capacity he accompanied the British Army to Belgium. Later in World War II he served in the French army and the Free French Forces. Maurois's first wife was Jeanne-Marie Wanda de Szymkiewicz, a young Polish-Russian aristocrat who had studied at Oxford University. She had a nervous breakdown in 1918 and in 1924 she died of septicemia.
A description of the experience
Experience is valuable only when it has brought suffering and when the suffering has left its mark upon both body and mind