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.

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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.


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Kamlesh D. Patel

About Kamlesh D. Patel

Kamlesh Patel is the world teacher of Heartfulness, and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. He oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 130 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. Known to many as Daaji, he is also an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science, blending the two into transcendental research on the evolution of consciousness, and expanding our understanding of the purpose of human existence to a new level.

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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. Avatar 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.

    • Madhu I do not agree with you

    • @Madhu, you really have a point there. If there are no desires, then there could not possibly be “desires fulfilled”.

      However, don’t misunderstand the philosophical objective of this post. It states that the more desires that you have, the less happy that you will become. And if you think of it … it makes sense.

      This is true both in the theoretical and practical world. If desires are the proverbial mountain that must be removed, then not having them at all will definitely make things a lot better. I must commend the author of the post for a thought well rendered.

      I recently wrote a post on the subject. You can check it out at

      5 Tricks That Can Make You Very Happy Right Now

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

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

  8. Practically man will have zero desires when he is dead.

  9. Very true, zero desires = infinite happiness, but u know what? An average person also has desires. There is no one one in this world who does not think about their needs.. some want happiness, some money. There’s one or the other desire in every one of us.

  10. How can you be happy with zero desires?

    • I agree. You will never be happy without achieving anything. Achieving your goals and desires is required to attain real happiness.

    • Maybe, if you have zero desires you can be happy through surprises because you don’t expect anything from others and from circumstances.

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