FEAR and DESIRE block your innate HAPPINESS. New MJ Awakening Blog

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“We assume that the pleasures we enjoy are in the things that we seek and get hold of. It may be said that desire is the cause of our being exiled from the happiness that is within us, and its momentary cessation just allows us to taste a little of that happiness for the time being.

Because we are most of the time desiring to get hold of something, or to get rid of something, we are most of the time unhappy. The desire to get rid of something is due to fear. So desire and fear are the two enemies of happiness. And so long as we are content to remain subject to them, we shall never be really happy. To be subject to desire or fear is itself unhappiness; and the more intense the desire or the fear, the keener is the unhappiness.

Desire tells us, each time, ‘Now get thou this, and then you shall be happy.’ We believe it implicitly and set about getting it. We are unhappy for wanting it, but we forget the unhappiness in the effort. If we do not get it, we have to suffer. Neither are we happy if we get it; for desire then finds something else for us to strive for, and we fail to see how desire is fooling us all the time. The fact is, desire is like a bottomless pit which one can never fill up, or like the all consuming fire which burns the fiercer, the more we feed it.

As desire is without end, so is fear; for the things that fear tells us to avoid are without end. Thus we come to this conclusion; so long as desire and fear have sway over us, we shall never reach happiness. If we be content to remain in bondage to them, we must, as rational beings, renounce all hope of happiness.”

-K. Lakshmana Sarma (MAHA YOGA)

MICHAEL: While it’s obvious that if we are fearful we cannot simultaneously be happy, what’s not obvious is how our desires actually prevent us from being happy. And it’s because they never end, but simply change their forms.

We are a slave to our desires and thus are always on our way to happiness, but never actually arrive. And if we believe our happiness is always in the future, then we also believe that it’s not already here/now. But is this true? What happens when we give up our attachment to all worldly fears and desires?

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One Response

  1. Calling desire & fear “enemies of happiness” seems to miss the mark because it invites a war to get rid of them, which tends to increase suffering. MJ, as you point out, attachment is the key. Sometimes it can help to distinguish between physical fear & desire which arise in the body naturally (to which we are always subject) and psychological fear & desire which are the result of mental imaginations.

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