We all are looking for love and happiness. No one wants to be sad and unhappy. All our endeavours are but meant for one goal – to be loved and to be happy. In spite of the fact that everyone wants to be happy, we only find but a little affection and happiness in this world. And unfortunately, even that is mixed with suffering and sorrow.
A poor man may think, oh! I don’t have money and therefore I am not able to enjoy; or an ugly woman may say, oh! I am not beautiful, therefore I am not happy. Let us take an example; Princess Diana. She was not poor, neither was she ugly. On the contrary, she had fame, beauty, money, etc. everything. She was married to Prince Charles; yet she was not happy and divorced him. So reasons may be different, but this is a fact that no one is happy and whatever happiness we may feel, it is short lived.
Not only Lady Diana, but let us take the example of Mussolini or Hitler – do you think they were happy people? Marilyn Monroe – what was she lacking? Still she committed suicide. So was she happy?
A famous saint from the East once said, “We should reflect on the way that we are living at present, and look into the future, asking ourselves, “Will I be happy in the future, if I continue doing what I am doing now, and following the process that I am following now?” When we ask ourselves this question, we will see that we are going in the same direction as those people have gone. They were all unhappy, and if we go in that direction, we will also be unhappy.”
There is no deficiency of rich and famous people in this world; yet you would see most of them are unhappy even after having plenty of money, fame and opulence. Doesn’t matter what position they are in now, they will also become old and die one day. It is said that Alexander the Great won the whole world, but a mosquito bite defeated him. What is the value of happiness here?
The material life has become very advanced these days, whether it is medical science or kitchen department. Yet people are becoming old and ultimately dying. Who wants to become old and their hair turn grey? Neither does anyone want their eyes to go weak. What we want is to always remain young and beautiful. But nature forces us to turn ugly and old.
No men in this world would want to marry an old woman. However, we all are forced to accept old age.
In a nutshell, we all want happiness, youth, beauty – because this is our inherent nature as a soul. However, due to coming in contact with material nature, we are looking for what is happiness in a fool’s paradise. We have to look at the right place and we would never have another moment of unhappiness.
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