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DESIRE IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF ALL SUFFERINGS
MUMBAI: It is said, "One who does not care for heaven but is contented where he or she is, is Lord Buddha described desire as the main cause of all suffering in the four noble truths. He preached, "Suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained if we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future)." Spiritual teachers have also noted that a person without desire is closest to God.

According to the teachings of the Vedanta too, ruin a s concentration. "Desires are like bacteria. They multiply fast if not checked- they are responsible for all mental tension and sorrow," explains Swami Parathasarathy in his book Vedanta Treatise. He adds that the unrelenting law of nature is that one gets what one deserves and not what one desires.

Moreover, it is observed that desires can never be fulfilled and that people often tend to seek contentment from material wealth. However, the teachings of the scriptures stress on the ephemeral nature of material possessions and also explain that it should not be a person's in life.

Moreover, It is said that contentment is not the fulfillment of what a person wants, but the realization of what one already has. Spiritual teachers note that a contented person is never poor and the discontented is never rich.

Teachings of the Vedanta advise people to employ their intellect to control and direct desires, not towards material wealth, but to a chosen ideal. This- will help them channelise their craving towards a positive aim, ambition or aspiration in life.

To be satisfied with what one has is also an expression of gratitude towards the Almighty. And contentment is something that can be derived from the simplest things of fife. As writer Edgar A Collard, once said, "The ad of contentment is the recognition that the most satisfying and the most dependably re experiences of life lie not in great but in little. The rarity of happiness among those who achieved much is evidence that achievement is not in itself an assurance of a happy life. The great, like the humble, may have to find their satisfaction in the same plain thing" - Roli Srivastava

Source Times of India New Service.
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