As we descend deeper into subtleties, we will have to drop our attachment to excitement. There is a place inside which is devoid of any excitement, which the Buddha has called Shunya, the void.It has been called a void because no excitement exists there. And until you have had an experience of this, you will not be able to experience bliss at all.Now try to understand the difference: happiness is born out of sensation, and bliss is born out of non-sensation. In happiness there is a friction involved; in bliss there is a void, peace.That is why, in the search for happiness, every happiness turns into a suffering - because you need a greater and greater sensation of happiness. Today a woman appears to be beautiful, but after being with her for a few days she no longer appears to be so beautiful. After being with her for a few more days you will need an even more beautiful woman, because your senses have in the meantime become used to that level of arousal - so now you need a greater stimulus.With experience excitement dies - that is why happiness turns into suffering. That which you have not yet experienced still appears to promise happiness, but when you get it, the same experience becomes suffering. The moment you have it, it becomes unhappiness. Happiness becomes unhappiness because the experience of excitement demands a greater and greater stimulus. And with each experience your sensitivity goes on decreasing until a time comes when you cannot experience anything, because all your senses have become completely dull, they have all become numb. And then you begin your search for the ultimate experience.-- Osho
Truth comes into being when gratification, the desire for sensation, comes to an end.-- Jiddu Krishnamurti
From these sayings of Osho and Jiddu Krishnamurti, we can understand the temporary nature of all material pleasures and sensations, which promises joy in the beginning , though suffering and misery later on.
One expends much time, effort and resources in procuring material pleasures which however starts becoming boring and limited, and one starts seeking new stimulus's in the name of happiness which has the same end result. All intellectual and sensory gratification, leaves one yearning for more, leaving one empty and unfulfilled. And there is no seeming end to the process.
Spiritual bliss and joy on the other hand is inexpensive and more of a permanent nature, leaving one content and fulfilled.
Modern man , due to the craze of materialistic possessions and consumerism which he thinks is synonymous with happiness, harbors an endless number of desires, the fulfillment of which is disproportionate to his or her means. And this results in an imbalance in the human system due to the limited nature of senses, resources and the unlimited nature of desires.
Once we understand the folly of seeking happiness in outside stimuli alone, and work on developing spiritual bliss as well, this would result in a more balanced approach and attitude to life. And better economics and a more just allocation of resources.
As Mahatma Gandhi stated, "The world has enough to satisfy everyone's needs, but not everyone's greed."
If every person on earth wants his or her own fleet of expensive cars or private jet or mansion, it is bound to create chaos on earth. It is the false belief set of modern humanity in believing that happiness and fulfilment lies in material abundance that is setting huge pressure on the planet's natural resources with wildlife getting the worst part of it.
Thus all nature conservation efforts also needs a shift in man's philosophy , for any effect to be substantial and positive.
Edited by Ajay0, February 15 2017 - 10:53 PM.