A glance at the news papers reveals the corruption and the violence around us. We see an impoverishment of collective thinking towards building a healthy, happy and secure environment. Where does all this stem from and why?
The basic root cause zeroes down to a sense of lack. The sense of lack arises from non-availability of desired object or the insatiable desire to possess objects or experience pleasure. Let’s take a close look at the cause of lack – non availability of desired objects. When there is a mis-match in the skills that one possesses and the skills required to attain the desired object, one resorts to convenient shortcuts to fill the gap.
The other culprit is insatiable desires. It is a malady that has especially plagued humanity in modern times. With self effort it can be recognized as a mental pattern that can be corrected. Most desires arise from comparing what one has with what others have. The “other” person becomes the elusive benchmark, when we desire to possess something that he has and we don’t have. I am not advocating an austere life style here. However, we need to understand this never ending horizon of desires.
If one does not recognize this pattern, there is no freedom from being mired in the mirage of never ending desires. One can spend an entire life reeling in this never ending cycle of short-lived happiness and misery. Or, one can choose to opt out of it. The beauty is that the moment one becomes aware and recognizes this pattern of desires, we start becoming free from it.
For a definite change in the mental pattern, one needs to have the courage to step out of deeply ingrained comfort zones and ask these questions, “What is happiness? What does it mean to me? Is it possible for me to attain a state of permanent happiness?
Well, we have some good news here! Even for the most materialistic person on Earth, the answer is Yes! Increased awareness of the workings of our mind will arrest the thoughts that give birth to insatiable desires. Awareness increases our level of contentment and happiness. A glimpse of this self-generated happiness removes the lack in our lives and replaces it with an inner peace and genuine smile.
How do we attain this level of awareness? There is a famous saying by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, a revered saint and enlightened Master “When you follow knowledge fun follows you”. This is the knowledge about the Art of Living.If one learns the Art of Living and starts living through life, instead of blindly chasing desires, the path becomes easy, fun-filled and fruitful.
From the time I have done the six-day workshop on the Art of Living there has been no looking back. I lead a normal life of gifts, surprises, challenges etc. However, there is one expression of mine which has come to stay forever and that is a smile☺
If you want to know more about these programs you may contact the Art of Living centre in your city. How? Nothing comes easy my dear friend. If you want a lasting smile, put in an effort to find out. (Hint – information is available here, right under your nose!) Happy scouting ☺