When we read Buddha’s quote, “desire is the root of all suffering” we nod in agreement. It all comes back to us in a flash. Fancy college degrees, our first lost love, that perfect figure, the perfect salary *sigh*. All desires that surfaced, burned and eventually dwindled leaving us with a scar in our heart and a much deeper understanding of Buddha’s quote.
I do not disagree with Buddha. In fact I agree with him completely, except that he forgot to mention the other half !
Can this be true ? Decide for yourself. Which of these scenarios make you sing a song and believe you are the happiest person alive?
Case [A] – You have been longing for something for months, even years and you finally get it.
Case [B] – You unexpectedly receive something pleasant*.
(*Note: Of course this pleasant item cannot be a desire because then it would simply be case [A] where you got what you wanted sooner rather than later. To put it explicitly, case [B] is when you get something which the world would consider desirable/nice/beautiful/expensive but its not something you personally crave for – it is a nice thing to have but you really would not be affected if you lived your life with or without it)
The difference in Case [A] and Case [B] is only “desire”, and if you too like me picked [A], then, “desire is the root of all happiness” in your life too :)
Just a midnight thought !
P.S. I desire sleep ;-)