the Universe the amount of wealth, food, grain, gold, cattle, and women that exist, they all in all, cannot satisfy a single man, nor are they even capable of doing so. Realizing this, become quiet within. Quieten the thirst, the longing within for more; as desires can never be quietened through the enjoyment of pleasures and acquisition of things. Rather just like when oil is added to a fire, the fire blazes with even greater intensity, similarly, through the enjoyment of sense pleasures, the impressions that are left in the mind, increases the desire for more sense enjoyment.
All desire happiness, but the means to attain happiness are only understood and seen in worldly things by them, therefore men are seen as attempting to acquire only these worldly things. With the number of people in this world, how can everyone get everything that they desire from the world ? All have rights to the things in this world, and the total number of available resources are limited, and those who desire for these things are many in number. When even one person cannot be entirely satisfied, then how will every person get everything ? Let us assume that everyone gets everything, then too, being happy with these things is an impossibility. The reason is that consciousness (Self, Soul) can only be satisfied by perfect Consciousness, not by imperfect and limited inert things. Let us say that the happiness that is perceived through affinity with the perishable objects, is itself seen as happiness; then too, the inert things are constantly changing and
perishing whereas the Self (Embodied Soul) is eternal and imperishable. Therefore how can the union of the two, remain eternally forever ?
Then how can one gain happiness? What is the solution for happiness ? The solution is – the desire and aim of attaining divinity, (Supreme Consciousness) and following righteousness and virtuousness. The reason is – when our behavior is righteous and fair, when we have no desire for anything beyond what is rightfully ours, then true happiness is possible. And this will come about when there is feeling of sacrifice and generosity within you. If we are able to give up those things that we think will give us happiness, and with a generous feeling if we desire to give to others and not take from others, then the things will automatically become plentiful, and the number of takers of those things will become fewer. At that time, the fruits of our generosity, the divine energy and more will work to it’s fullest power, whereby the things will increase in productivity and what we already have will be protected. Thus happiness will pervade every where.
From “Saadhan, Sudhaa, Sindhu” in Hindi pg 521 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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