The virtue of contentment: I got what I Wanted

The virtue of contentment: I got what I wanted

"Sorrow can never touch the contented one." - Brahma Kumaris
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A contented person is inwardly and spiritually tuned with God, the Creator and the Giver and Bestower of boons and blessings. With this tuning and connection of the soul with the Supreme Soul, he/she is linked to the Ultimate Source of all values, virtues, powers and qualities, and gets automatically recharged thereby getting all these from Him as a birthright from the Supreme Spiritual Father of all souls of the whole mankind as a soul.

With God as his/her strength, support and backbone such a person realise that He is with him/her at all times and also feels his/her basic, fundamental, vital, socio-spiritual needs fulfilled and satisfied. He/she never remains in a dream world of wilderness but lives on the ground realities and feels the fountain of seven essential qualities of soul and Supreme Souls such as knowledge, peace, love, happiness, purity, energy/power and bliss practically being showered upon him/her by the merciful, benevolent and blissful God, the Bountiful and Absolute Almighty Authority.

Though such a God-loving person feels that his/her body remains in this mundane, material and physical world, yet his consciousness remains far above (beyond the physical world of gross matter) in the metaphysical world of incorporeal spirit. Thus, such a spiritually-oriented person remains oblivious of the hunger for the needs and desires of material things and beings as he/she is busy drinking the nectar of spiritual love and bliss by fixing his/her consciousness in the Supreme Consciousness that resides in the same metaphysical world Above. He/she finds himself/herself quite merged in Him and the divine oneness of the spirits being two-in-One. In such a merged state of bliss and beatitude, the human soul in its utter divine bewitchment spontaneously speaks out automatically in its soulful moment: “I got what I wanted (jo pana tha So paa liya). Also, in this deeper state of keen engrossment in God, the human soul declares referring to God: “Wherever I am seeing, you are there.” (jidhar dekhta hun, tu hi tu). In this way, the contented feels enriched, impressed, elevated, sublimed, self-realised as well as self-enlightened.

Buddha’s reflection on life and contentment

The enlightened Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, has delineated his deep reflections on human life and the virtue of contentment. He was a prince of Kapilvastu; and being disillusioned by the states of utter sufferings of human life, he left his son and wife, the bounties and pleasures of the palace and ventured out to seek the true meaning of life and search for the solutions to human suffering.

After going through deep penance and meditation under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he at last found out: “Life is full of suffering. Suffering is born out of desires. End of desires is the end of suffering.” A person who reduces his desires or is shorn of desires gradually grows to become contented or achieve contentment. Sorrow can never touch the contented one. In his efforts of dispersing sorrow and sufferings from human life, he went on preaching his Four Noble Principles such as the Truth of Suffering; The Truth of the Cause of Suffering; the Truth of the Cessation of Suffering; and the Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering; and also the Noble Eight Fold Path such as the Right Views; Right Thoughts; Right Speech; Right Conduct; Right Livelihood; Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; and Right Meditation. Later on, he established the world famous religion, Buddhism, which has many followers in India and many other countries of the world.

One, who is contented, can make others so

In order to change themselves people wish to see ideal examples before them so that they can easily change their lifestyles. The contented person becomes an ideal example for these people to follow and imitate him/her easily and practically like him/her. That is why it is rightly said, “Example is better than a precept.” By seeing a person who is the embodiment of contentment and through personal interaction, discussion and exchange of views and opinions with him/her, one learns the practical ways, manners, behaviours and lifestyles of ideal contented person and tries to mould one’s modus operandi of living in the like manner.

In this way, the contented person becomes a practical mould for the learners to set themselves in that mould. One original mould produces so many like itself. Thus, the saying goes, “One who is contented can make others so.”

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