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. 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 numbers 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 or with others. We don’t manipulate others because we don’t expect anything from anyone.
Article by KAMLESH D. PATEL
Kamlesh Patel is known to many as Daaji. He is the Heartfulness Guide in a tradition of Yoga meditation that is over 100 years old, overseeing 14,000 certified Heartfulness trainers and many volunteers in over 160 countries. He is an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the fields of spirituality and science, blending the... Read more