What merits special attention is to examine what do we really want? In the multiplicity of our wants, we have forgotten what we really want. In reality, we never forget this. We always remember, but on being asked we cannot give a proper answer, because the attention has never gone towards that deep seated want. What we really want is to live forever. No person ever desires that he should be wiped out (destroyed, disappear). Sometimes when he experiences great sorrow and suffering, then he wishes that he were dead, in order to be happy. This is because he considers the body as the cause for sorrow and suffering, therefore, in order to get rid of the sorrow, he wants to get rid of the body, so that he may become happy. So the deep seated desire is that he may live forever and live happily.
The want of money, possessions, property, praise, respect, good health etc., is not our real want. Our real want is to live forever. This wanting to live forever is called “IS-ness”. That which is forever and at all times remaining (present) is called “IS-ness”. This want can be fulfilled, only by being established in that “IS”. But when there is any other desire, then he becomes separated from “IS”, because when there is desire for something that is currently not there, then the desire is for “non-existent” (i.e. transient, unreal). By grabbing hold of the “non-existent”, desire is born. If we do not grab hold of the transient “non-existent”, then we are naturally and automatically established in “IS”.
All desires are only of the “Non-existent”. The IS-ness ever remains. It is never non-existent (never wiped out). That part which faces away from “IS-ness” begins to desire “non-existent” (transient). It is only due to desire that the part (ansh) is separated from “IS”. Without that, it is incapable of being separated from “IS”. In spite of desiring, he still considers that he exists. If he give up desiring the “non-existent” (transient), then he will be naturally established in “IS”. (to be continued)
From “Let us Know the Truth” in English pg 29 by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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