Imaginations, desires and requirements are infinite. They cannot be placed in certain limits. One being fulfilled. ten of them come out. Ten being fulfilled, a hundred of them comes out.
Man becomes active to satisfy one of his desires, but the same moment a number of other desires relating to the above grow by themselves. When he finds himself unable to satisfy those desires by his limited sources. he develops a complex of inferiority: he is disappointed and his way of thinking becomes negative.
Desires have been obsessing the mind even of great scholars, learned sages and saints. Desires perturb even those who have adopted the monastic order. At times it is observed that the non-satisfaction of desires compels one into the monastic order. The desires in their unconscious mind go on making a tussle. Overcoming this situation is possible only when there is a coherence in the way of thinking and the style of working.
God has provided common facilities to all human beings. Man has created a disorder in that provision. These people can be placed in three classes:
First: Those in this class take the God as a merciless one, who goes on putting in troubles and never in pleasures, Always perturbed with this opinion such people remain distressed all the time, throughout their lives.
Second: The people in this class opine that the God has provided both pleasures and pains which are the invariable parts of life. Being apart from these is not possible. Hence, when in a pleasant state, they feel happy: and when in a miserable state, they feel unhappy. They lead their lives with laughters in pleasant state and with tears in miserable state.
Third: The ones in this class say how kind the God is. We do not deserve this much pleasure and happiness, yet he has kindly provided all this. The pleasures provided are so large in number that they overflow my bag. With this idea they remain happy always.
Facilities are similar, place is common, situations are the same. quantity is equal, but the way of thinking is different. And this way of thinking brings a great variety in the experience of pains and pleasures.
Experience of pleasure and performance of pious duties can be done only by whose thinking is positive. For such a positive thinking, sweetness is needed in our behaviour, activities and speech. A quotation from the Atharva-veda
Everybody loves them who have sweetness in their behaviour, speech and activities. Only those who are sweet by nature and who know general etiquettes 20 can perform pious duties. Your deeds also, therefore, should be like those of great men.
Good behaviour is self-styled. whether it is for the human beings or for the animals or birds.
Behaviour speaks of itself. The virtues are judged by that much. How beautiful are these words:
“Man is judged by his virtues, the virtues are judged by knowledge, the knowledge is judged by his graceful behaviour and the graceful behaviour is judged by his his pleasing nature, trying to keep everyone happy.”
The medicinal things be sweet, the sky, the waters and the space be sweet, the lord of the land be sweet, and let us also, likewise, be sweet. 56
Our behaviour with others should be like the behaviour which we expect from them.
It is the behaviour which shows how and when animal instinct creeps into human beings and human instinct into animal beings.
Let us be optimistic throughout our life, so long as our problems remain to be solved. Success will surely come forth. Barely money does not solve every problem: alongwith money, will power also is needed.
A millionaire man attended a discourse. At the end of the discourse when he stood up in rush, a pickpocket emptied his pocket. He became sad. The Svamiji asked the reason behind his sadness.
My pocket has been emptied.”
“How many rupees have been stolen ?”
‘Something between ten and twelve hundred”
‘Why should you, a millionaire, be worrying like this?”
O lord. I cannot afford a loss; I feel happy with the income, whatever the amount. The loss has loosened my will power and I am now disappointed.”
How dependent has the man become? He has taken the thing as an object which actually is a means. He has started depending upon the thing which should have depended upon him. He desired the things to be his slave and he himself has turned slave to the things.
Why and how has this come to be? Just for the way of thinking so far as the positivity of thinking is concerned.
We remember this stanza of the national poet ‘Dinkar’:
The trees of iron will grow green.
you just go on singing the song of love.
This earth will certainly be wet,
you just go on shading tears.
Lamentations and cries may
fill in the space howsoever densely.
skeletons may pile up in heaps,
the globe may be paved up with skulls,
but the load of the sound of hope
will have to be afforded by the breeze.
For the living dreams, the way
will have to be given by the dead.’57
Life brings such moments for man when he loses all the hope at once. Then he must accept the authority of penances:
Tranquillization of mind, gracefulness, silence, self-control and purity of emotion are together called the mental penance. ’58
This way of thinking supports the positivity which is most essential for a progressive life.