By Sant Rajinder Singh
There is a saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” We always think that what others have is better than what we have. It also means that we are always thinking that our neighbour has more than we have or is happier than we are. The neighbours, they are also thinking the same way about us. We want what they have and they want what we have.
The Buddha taught the lesson of desirelessness. “Be desireless,” he would say. Desires lead us to a state in which we are always seeking that which we do not have. We begin to feel unhappy and dissatisfied for as long as our desires are not fulfilled. In this state, we cannot truly enjoy that which we do have. Desires keep us focussed on their fulfilment and we spend a lot of energy trying to attain them. Each day that we do not have them fulfilled is another day of unhappiness. And so we live in this state of discontent. When we are content with what we have, we are truly happy. As long as we are intrigued with the flashy outer world, we will continue on the wheel of disappointment.
Actually, it is not the object that we desire. It is the mind’s tendency to always be in a state of desire. It leads us into attachment to things of this world. It distracts us from the true purpose of our life – to bring about communion of our soul with God. That is the only true and lasting happiness. All other desires only lead to unhappiness because nothing is permanent.
We ultimately lose that which is worldly through separation, destruction, decay, or death. Even people whom we love are not permanent because we must leave this world or they leave the world through physical death. Nothing and no one in this world is lasting. Only our soul, and God are lasting. All else is illusion. If we devote our time to seeking that which is not permanent, we may gain it for a while, but it will not last.
That same amount of time can be devoted to bringing about union of our soul with God. That alone is a lasting gain. With it comes eternal peace, bliss, and contentment. It is only when we identify with our real Self that we become moving drops of bliss on earth.
In living a life of contentment, we take joy in whatever comes our way. We are thankful for whatever God sends us and keep our thoughts absorbed in finding God within. We relish the time we can spend in meditation, in doing service for others, and in loving all humanity. We derive joy in seeing smiles on the faces of others whom we have helped or to whom we have shown some kindness. We feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that we have done our best each day to help others as well as to help ourselves find God through meditation.
Let us resolve to be content. Let us cultivate the habit of thanking God for everything we have. Let us cultivate the control to eliminate desires. The highest state is to say, “Not my will, but Thy Will, O Lord.”
The writer is head, Sawan Kripal Ruhani Mission, Science of Spirituality
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.