No End to Desires: Satisfaction is the Key to Happiness
“Do not spoil what you have, by desiring, what you have not. Remember that what you now have, was once among the things, you only hoped for.”
When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
- All great thinkers and social reformers have insisted to adopt this philosophy in Life, whether it is Lord Buddha, Swami Vivekanand, Mahatma Gandhi and many more.
How did I learn, a lesson of life from a little girl?
We need to learn,
how to want, what we have not,
to have what we want,
in order to get steady and stable Happiness.
There are certain things, which cannot be learnt from textbooks. Life is a teacher and off and on, it makes us realise the complex rules and lessons of life, by simple examples and observations.
How beautiful will it be to adopt the same teachings in our real life?
The Simplicity of Life:
This is about a teenage girl, named Lakshmi. She used to work in the crop field, along with her father, quite near to my home, and she taught an important lesson of life to me. A vibrant smile, and clear bright eyes, always dazzled on her face.
Though, her dishevelled hair and shabby clothes, defined her poverty, all through, she used to hum and sing in a low voice, and enjoy her work.
I was always attracted to her, because I never saw her in a sad or depressed mood.
I was curious to know more about her, and I always used to observe her from a distance. I used to wonder, as to why, she was never in a depressed mood, due to her poverty.
In a world, where even if we have a house, we want another one, a bigger one.
If we have 10 or 20 pair of clothes, shoes, we still want more--the latest in fashion and perhaps more expensive than the previous one, we had purchased..
If you have one car, you still want amother car---the more advanced, and a bigger and the costlier one.
The list is endless!
One day, I just called her to talk to her. She talked to me, endlessly, on any and every topic. The birds, the plants, the crop fields, the river flowing nearby, the flowers, the sky and the clouds, she went on and on.
Her simple thoughts touched my heart. I gave her some chocolates, and one pair of newly bought clothes. She said, she loved the colours and the design of her dress.
She looked overjoyed, and promised to wear them the next day and---SHE DID!
Singing and enjoying her work, and her new dress, she looked like an angel, with her selfless smile. She also sang a lovely folk song to me, to express her happiness.
All this made me also very happy, the joy of gifting, gave me a sense of satisfaction.
The Next Day:
The very next day, I again peeked out, to see her, whether she was wearing, her new dress.
No, SHE WAS NOT !
She was back into her old dress. But the vibrant smile and bright eyes were the same!
I was a bit puzzled! And this made me think.
This made me realise, that 'There is no end to desire.'
Just imagine, about how many wishes do we have?
One wish is achieved, and another one crops up. Sometimes, we tend to forget that we are not here forever. Why does the accumulation of wealth, become so important for us?
Makes me wonder, about those who do not have enough, are still happy and more content.
The reason is so simple and clear—Only those, who have an innocent heart, like this young girl, can remain Happy.
Satisfaction is the greatest wealth, which can lead to Happiness.
Why do we keep on treasuring our belongings, whereas ultimately all we have to do is to leave everything behind, but our 'Name.'— Chitrangada Sharan
To Sum Up:
The most important lessons of life are learnt, not in the text books, but in real life, by real people.
Just as in the above mentioned story, when a little girl taught me, an important lesson of life.
Of course we read it in our textbooks, in our Holy books, but unless we experience it in reality, it does not have an impact on our mind.
There is No end to desires--Satisfaction is the key to Happiness!
Make yourself such that there is nothing left to Desire!
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How to be truly happy, Art of living, Source: YouTube
There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.
Be content and satisfied, Source: YouTube
© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan