THE REWARDS OF PEACE , FREEDOM & LOVE
Each of us shuns unhappiness. A person addicted to sensory pleasures, however, has to undergo sorrow, willy-nilly. The only way to get freedom from sorrow is to renounce the materialistic pleasures. What would, then, motivate us to live? Evidently, a joyless life is no good. While we crave for joy, how do we get into a state of sorrow-less joy?
There are two types of joys. The first one is derived by succumbing to sensory pleasure, like eating desired food, dressing up as we want to etc. The other form of joy comes from peace, equality, fellow-feeling, generosity, freedom etc.
A peaceful mind discovers the way to its own joy. When we are able to relieve someone else’s sorrow, there is resultant joy. The first type of commonly conceived joy comes from fulfillment of desires. It makes us dependent, emaciated, static and dull. We cannot derive sorrow-less joy from sensory pleasures. Joy untouched by melancholy is possible only by renouncing the sensory pleasures.
Renouncing sensory pleasures implies renouncing their urge too. One’s assets are then used for the welfare of others. Renouncing desires gives us the joy of peace, renouncing attachment gives us the joy of freedom and serving others gives us the joy of affection. This joy of peace, freedom and love is untinged by depression. Meditation takes us closer to this realisation. Initially, a practitioner of meditation concentrates on his respiratory system. His mind becomes stable and he enters the peace zone. Further, when a person delves into his own self, he becomes an objective and unruffled spectator to the good and bad vibes. He does not get affected by them. He rises above the trammels of joy and sorrow.
The bliss arising out of peace, freedom and love is totally different from the one derived from sensory pleasures. It is beyond ruffling excitement and is greatly satisfying.
The joy arising out of peace is due to the absence of desires and the resultant stable vision. It is of a lasting type and does not suffer any dip or trough, as in case of sensory pleasures. Once we shed desires and attachment, selfishness and the pride of possessiveness disappear. Resultantly, generosity and affection get generated. One feels free (Mukti) by renouncing attachment to the body and the gross world. This results in incessant joy. Alertness and awakening follow. Compassion is generated towards the suffering human beings. With such love and fellow-feeling, desire for sensory pleasures automatically ceases to exist.
One has to meditate and look inwards to be free from sorrow. This is certainly within the capability of all human beings.