On Wanting

Grasping is the killer of enlightenment. – Russel Williams

Wanting means to yearn for something we do not have at present. This means that we are not satisfied with the way things are at present. And in such a state, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to be contented; to be happy with the way things are at the moment. We want because we think we will become more fulfilled by satisfying that want. But does it truly satisfy, or it just appeases us for some time? And then we want something else. In my experience, it just appeases but does not make us contented.

The paradox of wanting is that without wanting something more than what is at present, we could not have grown or developed to this extent. And after sometime, the wanting that was a help, becomes the bar.

At some point in our evolution, wanting does fulfill a purpose by helping to achieve things of a certain nature. But at an another point in our evolution, we start asking ourselves whether this wanting is fulfilling or draining. This point is personal to each one of us and only we can make the distinction. Yes, things that we see or read or experience may help us realise that distinction but it cannot be taught. It has to be caught.

We then realise a few things:

  • Wanting creates dissatisfaction with our present state
  • Wanting is a process which never ends

Once we realise this, we can just let go of wanting, just like letting go of a hot coal in our hands and just be. Once we let go like this, we become peaceful and joyful. Once that peace fill us, it makes us realise that all is one song and we are a verse; all is one ocean and we are the waves; all is one uni- verse. Then we can easily surrender to this One Thing which I like to call the Divine. The Divine then flows through you purifying your body, thoughts, feelings and soul and one becomes one with the Divine.

This is easy to formulate intellectually, but to be this, every moment is to enlightened. And that is difficult….way too difficult. All that one can do is surrender, aspire and in time the grace of the Divine will do the Work. To be contented with what is and allow the peace and joy to flow through you without trying to get anything or achieve anything; to be a nobody and paradoxically you become everybody. Could this be the secret?

God Bless.


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