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No End to the Desires: Satisfaction is the Key to Happiness

Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

“Do not spoil what you have, by desiring, what you have not. Remember that what you now have, was once among the things, you only hoped for.”

― Epicurus

Satisfaction is the key to eternal happiness.

Satisfaction is the key to eternal happiness.

How did I learn, a lesson of life from a little girl?

‘We need to learn,

how to want, what we have not,

to have what we want,

in order to get steady and stable Happiness.’

~~~Dalai Lama

There are certain things, which cannot be learnt from textbooks. Life is a teacher and off and on, it makes us realise the complex rules and lessons of life, by simple examples and observations.

How beautiful will it be to adopt the same teachings in our real life?

The Simplicity of Life:

This is about a teenage girl, named Lakshmi. She used to work in the crop field, along with her father, quite near to my home, and she taught an important lesson of life to me. A vibrant smile, and clear bright eyes, always dazzled on her face.

Though, her dishevelled hair and shabby clothes, defined her poverty. But she was always smiling and giggling. All through, she used to humm and sing in a low voice, and enjoy her work.

I was always attracted to her, because I never saw her in a sad or depressed mood.

I was curious to know more about her, and I always used to observe her from a distance. I used to wonder, as to why, she was never in a depressed mood, due to her poverty.

In a world, where even if we have a house, we want another one, a bigger one.

If we have 10 or 20 pair of clothes, shoes, we still want more--the latest in fashion and perhaps more expensive than the previous one, we had purchased.

If you have a smartphone, you still want another one, a higher version. The same applies to your Television set, computers, refrigerators, and other products.

If you have one car, you still want another car, and another one---the more advanced, and a bigger, and the costlier one.

The list can be endless!!

One Day:

One day, I just called her to talk to her. She talked to me, endlessly, on any and every topic. The birds, the plants, the crop fields, the river flowing nearby, the flowers, the sky and the clouds, she went on and on.

Her simple thoughts touched my heart. I gave her some chocolates, and one pair of newly bought clothes. She said, she loved the colours and the design of her dress.

She looked overjoyed, and promised to wear them the next day and---SHE DID!

Singing and enjoying her work, and her new dress, she looked like an angel, with her selfless smile. She also sang a lovely folk song to me, to express her happiness.

All this made me also very happy, the joy of gifting, gave me a sense of satisfaction.

The Next Day:

The very next day, I again peeked out, to see her, whether she was wearing, her new dress.

No, SHE WAS NOT !

She was back into her old dress. But the vibrant smile and bright eyes were the same!

I was a bit puzzled! And this made me think.

This made me realise, that 'There is no end to desire.'

The Lesson:

Just imagine, about how many wishes do we have?

One wish is achieved, and another one crops up. Sometimes, we tend to forget that we are not here forever. Why does the accumulation of wealth, become so important for us?

Makes me wonder, about those who do not have enough, are still happy and more content.

The reason is so simple and clear—Only those, who have an innocent heart, like this young girl, can remain Happy.

Satisfaction is the greatest wealth, which can lead to Happiness.

Just Think It Over!

Why do we keep on treasuring our belongings, whereas ultimately all we have to do is to leave everything behind, but our 'Name.'

— Chitrangada Sharan

Inspirational Quotes:

  • When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'

~~~Dalai Lama

  • It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.

~~~Benjamin Franklin

  • Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

~~~Plutarch

  • All great thinkers and social reformers have insisted to adopt this philosophy in Life, whether it is Lord Buddha, Swami Vivekanand, Mahatma Gandhi and many more.
There is no end to desires!!

There is no end to desires!!

To Sum Up:

The most important lessons of life are learnt, not in the text books, but in real life, by real people.

Just as in the above mentioned story, when a little girl taught me, an important lesson of life.

Of course we read it in our textbooks, in our Holy books, but unless we experience it in reality, it does not have an impact on our mind.

‘There is No end to desires--Satisfaction is the key to Happiness.

Make yourself such, that there is nothing left to Desire.’—Chitrangada Sharan

Can you buy happiness? No , you can't!  You can get it free in the midst of Nature!

Can you buy happiness? No , you can't! You can get it free in the midst of Nature!

How to be truly happy, Art of living, Source: YouTube

There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.

~~Walter Reuther.

Be content and satisfied, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2018:

Thank You Tom Ware, for sharing your valuable and insightful thoughts!

You have added more value to this article.

Thanks and good day to you!

Tom Ware from Sydney, Australia on July 14, 2018:

It has been said that 'wanting' and 'desiring' are not the same thing. Wanting, craving, and clinging are causes of discontent and unhappiness, but without desire nothing would progress in your life. Desiring to evolve to a state where you have Buddha Mind, Christ Consciousness, the Atman state is still a desire.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2018:

Thank you so much Peggy, for your wonderful and positive feedback!

You shared some wise words of advice in your comments.

Thanks for reading and appreciating my first article on HubPages!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2018:

What you have written is so very true. No amount of possessions can make up for a lonely or unhappy heart and we take no possessions with us when we exit this life. I liked all of the quotes you inserted into this post. Those are wise words!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2017:

Thanks again and have a good day!

Robert Sacchi on February 08, 2017:

You're welcome.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 07, 2017:

Thanks Robert Sacchi for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

Glad you liked it!

Robert Sacchi on February 07, 2017:

This Hub has a powerful message. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2016:

Thank you Tusitala Tom, for revisiting this hub and sharing your deep observations and valuable thoughts on this subject.

I believe that we humans always struggle in this matter at least within our mind and our actions are determined by our thoughts.

Thank you for your kind visit and insightful comment!

Tom Ware from Sydney, Australia on April 21, 2016:

There is often a very thin line between seeking 'glamour,' that is 'fame' and that of wishing to provide a service. For if a person believes they have talent they might wish to be 'well known' so they can serve more. It's an ego jostling with Real self thing.

I must admit this has been something in me for a long, long time.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 21, 2016:

Thank you Nithya, for your kind words of appreciation! You are right, satisfaction is the greatest wealth.

Thank you for your comments and support!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 21, 2016:

Great words of wisdom and inspiration. We should all learn from Lakshmi and yes satisfaction is the greatest wealth one can have. Voted up.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 18, 2016:

Thank you Daisy, for reading and appreciating the hub!

I agree with your thoughts about Lakshmi.

That reminds me of a quote---"It is so simple to be happy but it is so difficult to be simple."

Thanks again and take care!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 18, 2016:

Chitrangada,

What a beautiful lesson to be learned! It would not have surprised me if Lakshmi paid it forward and gave the dress to another teenage girl.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2016:

Thank you suzzycue, for visiting again!

Happiest 2016 to you, your family and our Hubpages!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2016:

Thank you Linda, for reading and appreciating!

Glad you liked it.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 05, 2016:

Happy New Year to You ChitrangadaSharan . May this 2016 bring Peace, Health and Happiness to your family and ours Hubpages.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 05, 2016:

Well said!! Words we could all learn a lesson from.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2016:

Thank you suzzycue, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

You are right--'we need to slow down and smell the roses'-- beautifully said!

The message is so appropriate for today's World.

Glad you liked it.

Always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you and Happy New Year 2016!

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2016:

This is an important message in todays Money madness world. I agree, to be happy exactly where you are now, is a good lesson to learn. We need to slow down and smell the roses. I wonder how many of us really do this?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 08, 2015:

Thank you Nell, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

You are so right --just be happy and be grateful. Glad you liked it.

Thank you!

Nell Rose from England on October 08, 2015:

Very wise words Chitrangada, the more we have the more we want, but that is not the way to do it, just be happy and be grateful, nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 06, 2014:

Hi sgbrown!

Nice to see you after a long time. Many thanks for your kind visit and positive thoughts. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for the share as well!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on August 06, 2014:

This is a wonderful story and very true. We should learn to be happy with what we have and not continuously want more. We can learn much from the hearts of innocent children who have not learned greed.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 12, 2014:

Thank you teaches12345, for your visit and wonderful comment!

Glad you liked the story and the message.

Simple things like the smile of a child give more happiness than material things!

Thanks!

Dianna Mendez on June 11, 2014:

Happiness does not come from what we own but from how we appreciate the simple things of life. Your message is beautiful and I loved your story.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 18, 2014:

Thanks B. Leekley, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

I agree with your point of view. 'Now' or the Present is the most significant time. Well said!

Thanks and glad to meet you!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on May 17, 2014:

The Grimm Brothers story The Fisherman and His Wife also teaches this lesson, that desires for wealth, possessions, authority, etc., are insatiable, and for pleasures are only temporarily curtailed by the size of our stomachs and capacity of our glands. But life would be dull without desires. What works for me is just in time desire.When an American robin is singing, that is just the time that I desire to enjoy its song. When my wife today gave me the gift of a hot supper, that was just the time that I desired to enjoy sitting down to eat with her. The girl in your story understands that the gift of this moment is what we possess. What will be the good old days are happening now. Now is the time for attention, joy, and gratitude.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2014:

Thanks Harishprasad, for reading this hub and sharing your beautiful thoughts! I completely agree with your views and appreciate adding more value to this hub, with your insightful comments.

This is my very first hub on HP and very close to my heart.

Thanks for your continued support!

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 03, 2014:

Whatever you have expressed here arises in my mind too often. I think happiness is a state of mind and if our basic needs of life are satisfied, we begin to get happiness out of small or big things provided we don't aggravate fires of our greed continuously. It is our greed that does not allow us to stop and relish what we already have and instead instigates us to grab more and more madly. I agree that satisfaction is a surety of happiness. The story of that cheerful girl is very elevating ; we can learn from her how to get joy from whatever we already have. I loved going through this beautiful hub and yes, voted it up. :-)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2012:

Thanks CrisSp, for your visit and your valuable comment. You have given some excellent, 'Thought for the day', if I may quote it like that. Thanks again.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 03, 2012:

Reminds me of what billybuc--one of the great hubbers in here, once said in his hub: "I need shelter, love and food." And this is so true, anything else I think are luxuries we don't really need. As long as I have the bare necessities of life, I'm good.

I leave you now with some thoughts to ponder: " Too many people buy things they don't need with money they don't even have, trying to impress people they don't even like" ~

Peace out my fellow hubber.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 16, 2012:

Thanks Ruchira, for visiting and appreciating. I am glad you liked it. Thanks and have a nice day.

Ruchira from United States on August 15, 2012:

Such a touching story, chitrangada. I agree desires knows no bounds!

voted up as beautiful story!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 14, 2012:

Thanks DDE, for stopping by and commenting. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 14, 2012:

Thanks Tusitala Tom, for your valuable comment. Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 13, 2012:

One can only feel comfortable in simple things and often enjoy what they have

Tom Ware from Sydney, Australia on August 13, 2012:

Vipassana Teacher, Goenkaji, tells a very amusing story along the same lines. More or less how, once bitten by the bug of discontent, there is no end to wanting. Only a complete change in one's life philosophy can bring about the contentment one might have had before the bug to that bite.

Loved the story.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 05, 2012:

Thanks MarleneB for stopping by and appreciating the story. I am glad, you liked it. Thanks and have a nice day.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 04, 2012:

This is probably the biggest lesson of all to learn in life. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 04, 2012:

Thanks bloggering, for stopping by and appreciating. A very warm thanks to you.

bloggering from Southern California on August 04, 2012:

Nice hub! A good reminder that happiness comes from within whether you have money or not.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 04, 2012:

Thanks naimishika for stopping by and appreciating. Thanks a lot.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2012:

Thank you xstatic sir. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2012:

Thank you thoughtfulgirl, for stopping by and appreciating. It means a lot to me.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on August 03, 2012:

Very well done and inspriational too. Up!

Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on August 03, 2012:

Said simply and eloquently. A wake up call for many people. We need to appreciate what is right in front of us.

Venugopaal from India on August 03, 2012:

Only those can remain happy, who have satisfaction and an innocent heart. You said it... It's touching...

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 02, 2012:

Thank you sweet C Lady for stopping by and reading. Have a good day.

Sheila from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State on August 01, 2012:

Very necessary reminder about who we are and what is most important.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2012:

Hi TIMETRAVELER2!

Thanks for stopping by and appreciating. Thanks again.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on July 30, 2012:

This was quite beautiful and made an important point. Voted up and beautiful.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2012:

Hi Writer20!

Thanks for reading and commenting. Incidentally, you are the first one to comment on my debut Hub. It means a lot to me. Thanks again.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on July 27, 2012:

I think a lot of us are this way. I know I am, but not quite so bad as I used to be when younger.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.