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Boundless Bliss

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WHY IS HAPPINESS INACCESSIBLE?

Normally it is believed that non-fulfillment of desires is the reason for sorrow. However, when certain desires get fulfilled, there is craving for more and joy eludes us. One may aspire to be a millionaire, yet he remains joyless even when he becomes wealthy. That, joy lies in the fulfillment of desires, is a myth. Happiness comes from renunciation of desires rather than in their gratification. Desires lead to a disturbed state of mind, which in turn, produces sorrow. If a desire is fulfilled, there is a feeling of joy and the person concerned believes that it is on account of the fulfillment of desire. This is an illusion. Happiness is the result of lack of desires for the sought object and not in getting it. If happiness were the result of desire fulfilment, its intensity ought to remain the same. It is well known, however, that such a happiness tapers continuously. Ultimately, there is a lack of interest in the originally desired object, leading to some fresh desire. The cycle continues.

As stated above, joy is not in fulfillment but in the renunciation of desires.

Desire is the source of sorrow. Its gratification too, leads to unhealthy consequences, like dilution of joy, anxiety, dependence on others, lack of interest and lack of satisfaction, disease and the sorrow caused on account of bereavement from a dear one. This could be illustrated by an example. A foreigner spends a fortune to see the Taj Mahal. He is overjoyed when he sees it. Gradually his interest diminishes and after some time, he wants to leave. Taj Mahal remains the same but the initial feeling of joy gradually evaporates.

A person, engulfed in the joy of fulfillment of desire, has to go through sorrow eventually. Wisdom lies in renunciation of desires.

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