On Real Satisfaction

~Insights by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda

— From the yoga perspective, while economic development is an absolute necessity, to seek economic development simply for the sake of endlessly increasing sensual pleasure is foolish. No amount of sensual pleasure will ever really satisfy a person, so no amount of economic development will ever be considered ‘enough.’ No matter how much people have, no matter how much they consume, they always want more.

— If there is understanding of the difference between the body and the soul, then, just as we don’t neglect to supply the physical with food, similarly, we don’t live in the illusion that our inner craving or emptiness can be satisfied by endless material consumption.

— If we aim our inner craving toward the eternal spiritual realm, then we will not spend our entire lives trying to achieve things which will not satisfy our hearts. Instead, we will focus on cultivating wisdom and spiritual love which will give us a lasting inner peace and happiness.