HOW OUR LIFE WOULD BE WHEN WE ONLY ASPIRE FOR PLEASURE/ HAPPINESS / SATISFACTION? ALSO, DISCUSS PLEASURE AND PAIN BESIDES WHAT IS PLEASURE IN TRUE SENSE OF TERMS?
PLEASURE AND PAIN
One who always aspires
Nothing but pleasures
Without the involvement of pain
The pleasure that is attained
Is momentary in nature
Indeed a ‘nine days’ wonder’
Meaning this pleasure is a flip-flog existence
Comes and goes without forewarning to the person
Because of foot-prints of dishonesty in his methods
In the collection of resources by illegal means.
Whence we earn our living by adopting lawful means
The pleasure that we attain Is eternal in nature
Because in that pleasure there is the application of body
Mind and soul totally
With the association of our God Almighty
Since this effort of ours, there is connect of sincerity
Thus putting a stamp of permanency
For our pleasure to be lasting till eternity.
In your question, you have mentioned only one part of life ‘for experiencing different forms of pleasure/happiness/satisfaction. In actual life, we have just opposites of all the things you have mentioned viz; pain /unhappiness/ dissatisfaction.
Thoughts on pleasure in Sri Granth Sahib Ji: O my thoughtless and insane mind, why are you indulging in pleasures?
Those who think and aspire for only pleasure –giving agents of change for getting pleasure, resort to unethical and immoral methods for getting their wishes fulfilled.
Those who think and aspire for only pleasure-seeking agents of change for getting pleasure, resort to unethical and immoral methods. By so doing, such people go on plunging themselves into one quagmire of sin and then other till such time they submerged themselves totally. They may get pleasure but this happiness is merely momentary or transitory. It lasts until such time ones true character is found out finally. All of us must have personally experienced the predicament of such ill-intentioned persons whose only objective is to get pleasure through illegal means. Such people go hanker after mirage which is delusive in the true sense of terms. After sometimes, they may realize their folly and may seek forgiveness for their misdeeds.
In the Holy Bible it has been said: So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
There is a case of a person Ratnakara who used to loot people for a living for himself and his family. One day Maharishi Narada happened to pass through the jungle. Ratnakara waylaid him and asked him to hand over everything that he possessed to him. Before giving him anything, the sage asked him a question. Whether his family will partake or share the sin which he was committing for a living. Ratnakara went to his home and asked his wife and parents. They told him that it was his duty to feed them and they do not share his sins which he commits. He learned a lesson. He went to the forest and asked Sage Narada for his identity. After knowing all about Maharishi Narada, Ratnakara requested the Sage to deliver him of the sins he had committed. The sage taught him to chant the name of Rama. Ratnakara sat in a meditative posture and started chanting the name of RAMA till such time there was an anthill around Ratnakar’s body. God was pleased with Ratnakara with his meditation and bestowed him the honor of Brahmarshi Valmiki (Anthill). Thereafter he founded an ashram on the banks of river Ganga. Subsequently, he met Lord Rama and then Sage Narada. Then he composed the great epic Ramayana in Sanskrit in verses form. We should take a lesson from Ratanakara’s leaf that if a person laments for his/her misdeeds in the true sense of terms, the same could be pardoned by our God and our Karmic debit could be transformed into Karmic credit.
It should always be kept in mind that true and lasting pleasure does not come with worldly possessions, got through unlawful, unethical and immoral means hardly gives us eternal happiness and pleasure. This enjoyment is a ‘nine days’ wonder’ and impermanent at that.
Those who always think of pleasure only and no pain will not be able to enjoy the pleasure they are having. Just think of experience of pain and then its alleviation through self-effort then a period of pleasure – this stage of pleasure after pain is enjoyed the most since it happens after experiencing pain. Too much of everything, even happiness, does not give us eternal joy. Bitter pill gives us relief from recurring pain than the pleasure we get from taking sweets.
HOLY QURAN SAYS: And among the people there is he who sells himself for the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is kind to His worshippers.
Therefore, in our life, we should always have a mix of pleasure and pain. The experiences which we garner during the time we are in pain could be utilized for getting experiences for a better tomorrow. This pain may be body pain or mental pain or a pain inflicted by our nears and dears. Past painful experiences are the guides for us as to how not to follow the path which have given us pain.
It is also a fact that if somebody has given you pain intentionally, just to put you in trouble. I think, this sort of a pain helps us in removing or reducing our KARMIC DEBIT and may add our KARMIC CREDIT.
From the above, it is essential that we feel and experience both, pain and pleasure and enjoy life to the hilt. We cannot have holistic growth and development if we have only pleasure or only pain.
In essence, it is not worldly possessions which make us happy but even things which we think insignificant could give us satiety and immense happiness. We must have experienced in life that little things in life could give us relief from the emergent problems.
There are some things in our life which makes us happy and comfortable. The following are the things which change our pain to pleasure:-
- Giving gives more happiness than taking. When we meet somebody else’s need in a trying situation,
- Forgiving and forgetting gives great happiness.
- Getting some recognition gives joy.
- Even a small thing could make difference in our life.
- Be compassionate.
- Living with simple living.
- Having good health.
- No comparison with others.
- Living on my own means.
- Satisfaction in our life.
- Live with the intention – live and let live.
- Let go attitude.
- It getting something, i is good, if not, then also it is good.
- Do not aspire to be the perfectionist but keep putting in your efforts.
- Thoughts and action to be in sync.
- You have not to prove anything to anybody but to yourself.
- Give credit for others’ contribution to the job-at-hand.
- Stay cool and composed despite hurdles.
- It is not the worldly possessions which give happiness but satiety with what we have gives us eternal joy.
- Do not be attached to the fruits of actions.
- Belief in self and our Creator.
- Live a spiritually oriented life.
- Feeling pain when others are feeling pain.
- Stay away from all the negativities.
- Divide smiles.
- Have optimum belief in God.