INQUIRER: One is pulled in two directions, towards God as well as towards sense enjoyment – this causes anguish.

SRI MA: You have a desire to give up, but you cannot let go; such is your problem. Let that desire awaken in your heart – its stirring signifies that the time is coming when you will be able to give up.
You obtain a coveted object, but still you are dissatisfied ; and if you fail to get it, you are also disappointed.
The disillusionment you experience at the fulfilment of your wish is wholesome; but the torment of the unfulfilled hankering after the things you could not secure, drives you towards which is of death, towards that misery.

INQUIRER: The hunger of the senses can never be appeased; the more one gets, the more one wants. The fulfilment of worldly desire only begets greater longing.

sri-maSRI MA: This world is itself but an embodiment of want, and hence the heartache due to the absence of fulfilment must needs endure. This is why it is said that there are two kinds of currents in human life : the one pertaining to the world, in which want follows upon want; the other of one’s true Being. It is characteristic of the former that it can never end in fulfilment – on the contrary, the sense of want is perpetually stimulated anew. Whereas by entering the latter man will become established in his true nature and bring to completion the striving which is its expression. Thus, if he endeavours to fulfil himself by entering this current, it will eventually bring him to the perfect poise of his own true Being.

Editorial Team

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