Tension, anxiety and fear, altogether called stress and strain of life, are not desirable emotions, but they exist in most people. We don’t know how they intrude into our life and they persist in spite of all our efforts to remove them. There are situations in which we can seek the guidance of wise people but there certainly are answers that we have to find ourselves. Or rather, we have to experience ourselves and from this draw our own conclusions and find answers.
There are many techniques suggested to reduce these stressful emotions but renunciation is the most effective, although not easy to do. The desire for the possession of material things or for well-being that is not within our reach, has to be abandoned, knowing that the possessor of such things is not totally happy. Happiness depends upon contentment. It has to be felt now, otherwise it will never happen.
Renunciation is easy for those who are wise and can differentiate between fleeting realities and value true pleasure. Where could one get such wisdom? It is abundantly available in the scriptures and there also are people who can always serve as guides because they are connected to God.
Never weigh contradictory statements according to your own judgement. Never go for easy ways that seem to be attractive. A craving of any kind is dangerous. Usually we presume that our senses are only for keeping contact with external objects in our surroundings. We keep analyzing others but not ourselves. We may be advocating virtues and minutes later we catch ourselves going against our own counsel.
Vices of all kinds are to be discarded willingly.
SP Sharma, India