How to Gain Happiness (contd)

If you think seriously then you will come to know, that you do not become happy on acquiring things, on the contrary, on getting those things, the desire and want (which are the cause of all sorrow and suffering) increases even more.

 It has been said – ‘All the vegetation, grains, animals and women that are there in this world, all of them put together are not adequate in satisfying one person’s desires’. On accepting this, one must end desiring; because by enjoying and relishing the worldly sense objects, desires can never be satiated, rather just as by putting “ghee” (clarified butter) in the sacrificial fire, the fire increases in intensity, similarly on relishing and enjoying the worldly sense objects, the desire for enjoyment continues to increase in intensity. 
All men desire pleasure and happiness, however they only understand happiness to be in these worldly objects, and therefore they are seen trying to acquire those objects. At present, the world population is believed to be 7+ billion, so how is each and every person to get all the things of this world? All the things together are limited and restricted and those who desire these things are many. When one person cannot get everything, then how can everyone get everything? Let us assume that if everyone gets, then too, becoming happy and contented with those things is not possible; because the sentient “jeev” can only be fully satisfied and peaceful when it attains the whole and complete sentient element (God); not with imperfect insentient (inert) and limited things. If coming under the sway of ignorance, we perceive and assume happiness only in the union with the perishable objects, then too the inert things are changing every moment and perishing, where as Self is permanent and imperishable. Therefore how can the eternal union of the two ever last? 

(to be continued…)

 

‒From book in Hindi `Jeevan ka Kartavya’ by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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भगवान् सर्व समर्थ, परम हितेषी, परम दयालु है – स्वामी रामसुखदासजी Swami Ramsukhdasji