Satisfy Your Inner Craving

“The body craves material satisfaction. More, more, more, and more. We’re never satisfied. We never have enough. We always want more. We are trying to satisfy an inner emptiness, an inner craving. We’re trying to satisfy it with endless material consumption. But this is not the answer—this is to accept that we are the body, but it does not lead to happiness.” This simple but sublime truth was put forward by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda, a world-renowned yoga spiritual teacher, during a video based on happiness.

Jagad Guru went on to say that “this drive, this desire for more sense flashes—more and more sense gratification—is a very big problem in third world countries. Everybody’s identifying ‘I am the body. Get more sense flashes. I’ll be happy. Therefore, I have got to go to those places where I’m going to get more sense gratification, where I’m going to get more sense enjoyment. Obviously, I can’t stay where I am. There’s nothing here, nothing’s happening here.’”

This mentality is prevalent throughout rural areas because of the lack of sensual stimulation, which is less available in rural areas solely because of the nature of the peaceful and serene surroundings. When people travel into the larger cities, they are met with high levels of stimulation, many material enjoyments and sense gratifications. They become convinced that they are missing out on satisfaction and happiness by living outside of the city. These places become “heaven,” and they think “that’s where it’s all happening, and that’s where I’ll get even more enjoyment,” he said.

Jagad Guru explained to his audience that “there’s a saying, ‘bhukti-mukti.’ Bhukti means desire for sense enjoyment. Mukti means the desire for liberation from all the pain and hassles and frustration that your hedonistic life brought upon you. So then you try to escape from it, get away from it, forget it, and go into forgetfulness. This is what ultimately happens when people identify themselves as their bodies and chase sense gratification. They struggle to make their bodies happy, and they fail in their quest for happiness. They try to suck in as much as they can, but they’re never happy. They’re never satisfied. The failure and pain lead to inner emptiness.”

“If we’re satisfied how come so many of us are always trying to drown ourselves in alcohol? Why is that? Why is it that a person who has got his big house and his two cars in his two-car garage—he’s got everything he could want—isn’t happy? We’re experiencing so much emptiness, we have to smoke dope all day long or shoot smack?” he asked. “Seeking body satisfaction and happiness leads only to emptiness and misery. In fact, it should make us very seriously consider if the materialist philosophy—the philosophy, in other words, that I am matter, I am material, I am this material body—is correct, if it’s true. And if it’s right, then how come this kid has a heroin needle in his arm?”

The answer is simple, Jagad Guru says. “We are not our body and our satisfaction and happiness is not found through sense gratification. The very fact that sense gratification does not satisfy me is further evidence that I am not my body. I’m distinct from my body. The body’s a vehicle I’m using, but I am not my body. This is the only logical conclusion.”

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The Death of Happiness, Real and Apparent

No work, no reward.

It’s an age old saying that no one pays attention to anymore. Society needs to realize that it is raising a generation of people that do not understand the simple concept of work vs. reward. The real happiness is harder to attain when there is no work involved in getting it.

As we have learned it is not so much about the destination as it is the getting there, the new generations must learn that just because they live in a world where almost everything is available with minimal effort (except money) this doesn’t mean they should only make the minimal effort. “Happiness” is available in an online order, a home delivery, or a phone call away. But as the bar for happiness is continually lowered via its easier and easier attainability, so the experience of happiness is continually dimmed. Continue reading “The Death of Happiness, Real and Apparent”

Wrong Place , Wrong Time ?

I was listening to a news reader announcing the tragic death of a young man early that very morning. Even though it was his day off, he had taken the place of his work mate and in the course of the morning had fallen to his death. The news reader concluded the item by saying, ‘He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Recently a young man was killed by four assailants who initially only wanted to rob him. It was the early hours of the morning and the man in question was at a money machine getting cash for a taxi home. Because it was very unusual for him to be both alone and in a strange part of the city his death was described as, ‘Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

A small girl sitting in her bedroom in an inner city somewhere in the United States is killed by cross fire from two warring gangs. Wrong place wrong time. Continue reading “Wrong Place , Wrong Time ?”

What is Real Love?

Love in Separation

By Prof. N.K. Sanyal M.A.

As published in The Harmonist (Sree Sajjanatoshani)

Let us begin by examining the connotation of the word ‘love’. ‘Love’ is distinguished from ‘lust’, the latter meaning the sensual propensity which is purely an affair of the flesh. The word ‘love’ does not carry any such notoriety. It is distinguishable from ‘lust’ by the qualities of constancy to a particular individual and the subordination of sexuality to intellectual, moral and artistic considerations. It is, however, in its essence, the instinctive attraction between persons of opposite sexes, intensified and particularised. In a wider sense the word ‘love’ is also used to denote sentiment which is very similar to that of active friendship and good-will towards other entities irrespective of sex. Continue reading “What is Real Love?”

Underneath the Fast Modern Lifestyle

We believe that we are the citizens of this modern world. With all modern and advanced amenities in our reach, we are able to lead a modern life – in other words, the term ‘modern’ is understood as easy, comfortable or happy life. However, taking a serious look, are we leading an easy life, or a happy life? Modern age has its own contribution to the society. Everything is so fast in this modern age. Let us look at the so-called modern things:

Fast food:
The introduction of fast food was built on the idea that people will have no time to cook or even eat, so delicious food can be prepared and served from easy ingredients and they can be gobbled up fast.
However, on the other side, the effects of these foods are very serious on the body. Thanks to the modern health advocates, who highlighted the real effects of these modern delicious foods and termed it as ‘junk food’ to spread awareness. Actually, it is very difficult for all of us to resist the temptation, but it is too torturing for the stomach. I have read a couple of research papers regarding the impacts and the unhygienic methods used to manufacture the ingredients. One of the case study was on the burger, they were made to self-decompose and left in the open air, but it didn’t Continue reading “Underneath the Fast Modern Lifestyle”