Satan was taking a walk near a lake with his disciple. They saw one passerby pick up something.
“What did he pick up?” asked the student.
“A piece of truth,” replied Satan.
“Then we should be worried,” said the disciple.
“Don’t worry. Soon they will convert it into a belief and kill the piece of truth,” replied Satan.
Life has become a point of belief rather than a search. One quickly believes this or that but does not search, and hence one becomes a follower. Then one follower quarrels with the other follower and one loses the sense of true exploration.
A person once started arguing with me. His argument was, ‘life is about enjoying, and one must enjoy life’. I told him it is useless to argue. One can be witty with words but still remain unwise inside.
“What is wrong with my statement — life is about enjoying?” he insisted.
You have formed a concept that life is about enjoyment. This concept is a conclusion. Based on this conclusion, or thought, your life is being run, is it not? Have you ever questioned your concept and conclusion?
Thinking is different from thought. Thought is a conclusion. Concept is your conclusion. Whereas, thinking is a process of discovering ‘what is’. For lots of people, joy is pleasure. There is nothing wrong with pleasure, but if you think pleasure is equal to joy, you will be disappointed. It is like comfort. Comfort is gratifying, but comfort is not equal to happiness. For, one can be comfortably miserable. House is not equal to home, is it not? In the same way, pleasure is not equal to joy.
Pleasure does not give fulfilment, it gives sensory delight. Joy gives fulfilment. People are in pursuit of this pleasure or that pleasure, and when they don’t get fulfilment, they go on changing the object of pleasure with the hope of fulfilment. Finally, they get disappointed. This makes them unfulfilled, and when the sense organs are not fit for certain pursuits of pleasure, they get further disappointed.
This makes them inwardly angry. This inner disorder makes them feel low. With this inner state, they work in the office. With the inner disorder, their perceptions or actions in the office become an expression of dissatisfaction and, thus, they create unique problems at the office or at home.
“So, what should I do,” the person asked.
Be aware of the difference and set your thinking free from conclusions. Look at life freely and then intelligence will tell you pleasure has a place but don’t get limited by pleasure. Then your pursuit is not directed by conclusions but from intelligence. You will realise joy is not something to be reached, but it is a ground of being you should come from. Then you are not a beggar of joy but a giver of joy. In the office or at home, you will learn the skill to give joy and not beg for joy. Your experience of the world becomes hugely different and hence, set your mind free from thought, conclusions, and concepts but learn to think wisely. Thinking is different from thought.
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