I have everything and when I am on the top of the world, I get the news that my only child…God forbid… is gone, an accident!! I am not talking about anybody in particular. Well, this happens. Let us not hide facts; these are facts.
So, since we are holding on to something–the idea called happiness–that is so slippery it always evades us and tries to remain out of our reach. Therefore, you hold on to the brief spells of happiness that you have. Is that happiness?
When you want to protect something, when you want to hold on to something that is threatening to run away, where is the happiness? It has already gone!
Possession destroys happiness; it is gone. It is so because when you possess, you have to secure it, you have to protect it and when you do that, there is conflict and then it is finished. There is no more happiness left.
Then, there is this great thing about security. I put up burglar alarms all over my house. Fifteen of them! But it doesn’t work; there is the fear that the burglar might break in and steal my valuables.
So, in this world, which we ignorantly–under the sense of illusion, Maya–think is real, what reality is there actually?