What do we want?

What do we want?

Everyday we see that everyone in this world is doing something or the other. The Vedas say in Yoga Shika Upanishad 1st  chapter,37th Mantra: “Kaaranena binaa karyam na kadaachana bidyate” i.e No action is done without a reason. Then, why are all the entities of this world, inert or conscious, always doing something? There must be a reason. Veda Vyasa has explained the reason in 2nd Shloka of 5th chapter of  3rd Canto: “ Sukhaaya karmaani karoti loko…” – Everyone’s actions are for one reason alone and that is the desire to obtain happiness. Again in Bhagawata, 42nd Shloka of 7th chapter of 7th Canto, “Sukhaya dukha mokshyaya sankalpa iha karmina” – All that every person does is for bliss, for happiness and a secondary reason is to relieve misery or ‘dukha’. But relieving misery is not the right goal since upon obtaining happiness, misery goes away automatically just like when light shines, darkness goes away automatically. If someone says, “Let the light shine and let the darkness also go away”, then people will say he is a fool and doesn’t know how to speak. The gist is that there is only one reason behind all of the actions we perform- happiness, bliss. How surprising is this! There is so much variety in this world. God has created 8.4 million kinds of bodies and all are different. Some live in water, some on land, and some in the air. Some are born from eggs, some from womb, some from soil and some from sweat. We see many unusual life forms and each one is different. Consider the variety just amongst human beings. Today there are 7.7 billion people on earth and no two people have even the same fingerprint! How amazing! And yet everyone’s aim is the same- Happiness i.e Aananda. Some naïve will say, “No, we don’t want happiness. We want wealth. We want material necessities.” People keep various types of desires and keep pursuing them.

Let me tell one more thing: no soul can remain inactive for even a moment. In 5th verse of 3rd chapter of Shreemadbhagwad Gita, Shree Krishna says the same thing to Arjun, “Na hi Kaschit kshyanamapi jaatu tisthatya karmakrit” So every moment we solely act to obtain happiness. And if a naïve person says, “No, I want this” then ask him why he wants that. Why do you want wealth? “So that I can get material goods.” Why do you want material goods? “So that I get happiness from them” Why do you want happiness? He shuts up. No one has an answer to this question. Neither atheists nor a believers have an answer. We want happiness, that’s all. For what we do not have an answer for, we imply nature. Why does fire have ability to burn? Well it just does- that is its nature. In the same way, it is the nature of the soul to seek and obtain happiness. Why? Our Vedas have answer to this: we have become devoid of the knowledge of Vedas and hence we are unhappy and restless. All our lives we spend every moment seeking and acquiring knowledge from books, internet, people and from so many sources. And yet we haven’t been able to understand who we are, what is true happiness and how will we obtain it?

The Veda answers in 1st Mantra of 23rd Chapter of 7th Canto of Chandogya Upanishad: “Yo bai bhuman tat sukham” i.e That which is of unlimited quantity, remains forever and must keep on increasing every moment is called happiness (Aananda). True happiness must fulfill these three conditions. You might say you get happiness in the world too- from parents, spouse, children, food and other material sources. But it doesn’t fulfill the above three conditions. First of all, it is not unlimited. When we see a greater happiness than what we have, our happiness ends. A poor person got a cycle for the first time and he gets happy. Then he sees a person riding a motorcycle and he starts to complain, “With this cycle I have to pedal and struggle. If only I had a motorcycle, I would simply sit and enjoy without pedaling.” He gets a motorcycle and again he is happy until he realizes a car would provide more happiness. He complains again, “With this motorcycle I suffer in sun and rain. If only I had a car, I would relax in ac and enjoy.” To conclude, because there is happiness greater than yours, your happiness no longer makes you happy, instead it starts to make you sad. We experience this daily. So firstly, worldly happiness is limited and small. Secondly, it doesn’t even remain forever. You get happiness while you are having your favourite cuisine. The first bite gives you more happiness, second one give less happiness, third one even less, at fourth one its over and the fifth one makes you vomit. From the same parent, spouse, child – ten times a day you get happiness and sorrow alternatively. What kind of happiness is that? “Yes, but what to do? We can’t get any better so we live with what we have.” Now this is correct, you do it out of no choice. So, true happiness is that which is unlimited in quantity, lasts forever, and increases every moment. This is the kind of happiness that we all desire.

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