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Happiness and desires

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Once, a journalist asked Mahatma Gandhi how to attain happiness. Gandhi answered, When you don t have any desires, then you will be happy. Normally, you
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2003
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      Once, a journalist asked Mahatma Gandhi how to attain happiness.
      Gandhi answered, "When you don't have any desires, then you
      will be happy."

      Normally, you think, "When I attain God, then I will be
      happy," but to be practical, you have to recognize that when you
      don't have any desires, it means that you have fulfilled all your
      desires, and then you are happy.

      But you should also develop a sense of discrimination and
      understanding about what desires are right or helpful for your
      purpose. You should entertain only those desires that you can fulfill
      and that are right for you. If you have developed that capacity to
      discriminate between your desires, then you don't entertain those
      desires that are injurious to you and drive you crazy or create a
      state of helplessness. Unfulfilled desires within you will always
      lead to a state of unhappiness.

      You should have some desires as a human being; you cannot live
      totally without desires. But those desires should be filtered by the
      sense of discrimination within you. Your buddhi, intelligence, has
      the function of judging, deciding, and discriminating which desires
      are useful.

      You should learn to develop that function within yourself. Then,
      decrease your desires. It is the useless desires that create problems
      for you, not appropriate or helpful desires.

      Swami Rama
      The Art of Joyful Living
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