Are we getting the happiness sequence right (Gita Daily)

Published on Mar 25, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 66

All of us want to be happy. The world makes us believe that fulfilling our material desires will make us happy.

However, this makes us not happy but frustrated. Why? Because material desires are insatiable and innumerable.

1. Insatiable: The more we indulge in a desire, the more it blazes forth. Consequently, the brief satisfaction that comes from indulging in it becomes dwarfed by the prolonged dissatisfaction that comes from its increased magnitude.

2. Innumerable: Our unfulfilled desires far outnumber our fulfilled desires. So the torment arising from our unfulfilled desires far outweighs the joy arising from our fulfilled desires.

To become happy, we need to get the happiness sequence right.

The Bhagavad-gita (2.66) gives this sequence through rhetorical negation: if we are not connected with Krishna, our intelligence can’t be fixed; if our intelligence is not fixed, our mind can’t be steady; if our mind is not steady, we can’t be peaceful; if we aren’t peaceful, how can we be happy?

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