The German philosopher Schopenhauer asked the question, “How can we determine whether a man is happy or unhappy?” He defined true happiness as the complete satisfaction of all desires.

 The Science of Spirituality



You could say that the happiness of a person can be described mathematically as:


So if you have ten desires and five are fulfilled, you have fifty percent happiness. If ten are fulfilled, you have one hundred percent happiness. The more desires you have, the harder it will be to fulfil them all, and so the less happy you will be. Happiness is inversely related to the number of desires. What happens when you have no desires at all? The denominator becomes zero. Anything you divide by zero is infinity. If you have zero desires, limitless will be your happiness.

In this desireless state, we don’t expect anything.When we don’t expect anything, we don’t play games with ourselves and others. We don’t manipulate others because we don’t expect anything from anyone.

If you want to have infinite happiness, infinite bliss,
then minimise your desires,
from more and more to less and less and finally to zero!
Make peace with yourself.

How do we destroy our inner condition and our humanness?

It is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, in chapter two, that when desires are not fulfilled there is disappointment. Disappointment leads to anger, anger makes us lose our balance, and once we lose our balance, our mental equilibrium, we are destroyed and lose our humanness.

Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur spoke about, “More and more of less and less.” What is he talking about?

He is talking of desires: more and more of less and less desires. When you look at it in a mathematical way, you see so much wisdom in that simple statement. If you want to have infinite happiness, infinite bliss, then minimise your desires, from more and more to less and less and finally to zero! Make peace with yourself. “My Lord, whatever you have given me and you continue giving me in the future, I am happy.” Does that mean you should not have an iPhone? You think about it.


Photography by BHARATH KRISHNA


kamleshDPatelFrom an early age, Kamlesh Patel was interested in spirituality and meditation, and eventually came to the feet of his Guru in 1976 while still a student. He is now the fourth spiritual guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. Kamlesh is married with two sons, and is a role model for students of spirituality who seek that perfect blend of Eastern heart and Western mind. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.

Kamlesh D. Patel

About Kamlesh D. Patel

Embracing the many roles of a modern-day spiritual Guide, you will find Kamlesh Patel equally at home meditating with a group of followers in the sublime stillness of a Himalayan ashram, teaching thousands of people to meditate at an international conference in Lyon France or Los Angeles California, addressing recruits in a police academy in Delhi and sharing tips on life skills with students at a high school campus in Mumbai.Known to many as Daaji, he has that rare and beautiful blend of eastern heart and western mind that allows him to dive deep into the centre of his existence in the heart, and simultaneously have a scientific approach to original research in the field of meditation, spirituality and human evolution.As President of the Heartfulness Institute and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga, Daaji oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 110 countries, and guides the 7,000 certified trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care.


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  1. Thank you for expanding our Horizon of Consciousness!

  2. If you have zero desires, limitless will be your happiness. Cool message.

  3. I’m impressed to read this post.

  4. Awesome, makes sense. The secret seems to lie in achieving a state of mind that is free of desires, in a way a state of mind that is regulated, balanced and in moderation through years of meditation and reflections.

  5. Raghuram Kolachina : January 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Very impressive and convincing explanation for happiness. Zero desire means infinite happiness.

  6. If there are no desires, then ‘desires fulfilled’ will also be zero!
    So is resulting Happiness = zero? Is it not misleading?

    ‘Happiness and Sorrow’ is like breathing. One alone could never exist.

  7. Uma Maheswar : June 3, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Do not be ambitious, live with what God gave, and you will be very happy.

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