Gateways to Hell
. The Hindu philosophy rooted in ancient wisdom is one of the finest treasures for happy, healthy and harmonious living for the entire mankind. It is universally applicable. It has the core maxims ” May there be happiness to all creations in the Universe, May there be peace to all creations in the universe. Let noble thoughts come from every side”. The quintessence of the spiritual concepts and principles are contained in the Bhagavad-Gita. It expounds the art of living for mankind. It explains the three gateways to hell, which is a field of experience within one’s mind.
. Desire is a state of wanting something which when pursued constantly becomes a craving. Satisfaction of human wants forms the basis for economic activity. Wants are nothing but desires and they multiply fast. They are the creation of the mind. The individual feels frustrated when his wants are not satisfied. Man seeks happiness in possessing increasing quantity and variety of material objects. If it is not fulfilled it results in frustration and creates a very disturbed state of mind known as anger… Desire flares up like fire. The more it is fed the more it becomes hungry. When a desire is gratified there is joy for a moment. But soon it goes in search of more fuel. In the process we lose our peace of mind and happiness and become victims of sorrow and anger. One doesn’t .get anything more than a temporary feeling of well being which vanishes very soon with the birth of another desire creating the urge to acquire an object. The craving individual is trapped in a black hole. He continues to be unhappy.
Anger engulfs him leading to misery and dissatisfaction When wants are fulfilled the individual struggles to reach higher levels of satisfaction and goes in search of goods and services When this becomes impossible due to constraints of resources anger arises and unhappiness descends on him. If existing wants are met he goes for a larger variety. This phenomenon, if unchecked, develops into greed cornering resources at the cost of the community depriving those who really need them for their basic needs and welfare. Undoubtedly one can say that the combined influence of desire, anger and greed, mutilate happiness. Even large corporations give evidence of organizational cultures dominated by greed, causing heavy loss to the public. Greed is an important reason for unhappiness in modern materialistic world. It is a crippling disease. This manifests in many ways such as endless greed for power, money or other resources.
. Changes driven by greed cause problems with the environment and conflicts. Too many possessions burden the human mind. They become a distraction to serious thinking. An individual spends considerable time on devising ways to conserve and increase his possessions. Pursuit of objects becomes an end in itself. The human tendency to amass wealth is not always witnessed by the use of it for enjoyment. Many spend time in amassing wealth and worrying about it. It becomes a way of life. This comes from mental insecurity leading to a spiral of acquiring more money for commanding more goods and services. It lands a person in a corrupt and unsustainable life style.
Growing choices place heavy demand on the brain for right decision making. However, modern lifestyle based on information, creates intense time pressures. This makes it difficult for people to evaluate and choose between alternatives. The fear of missing something is great and this brings internal insecurity. This, apart from causing regret and unhappiness sometimes leads to impulsive decision- making. Excessive choices propel greed. This spiral leads to a money trap fanning the desire to acquire more goods and services. Liberal credit policies of governments and financial institutions and the impact of globalization generate more income and have course, greed too.
We live in a world of choices and this trend is increasing. Innovations and entrepreneurship permit growing choices facilitating material comforts. These choices are supposed to satisfy human needs and desires. However, often people lose sight of what is important in life. Instead of choices helping to fulfill our needs they fuel greed and become an end in themselves. Often a person gets satisfaction in winning the rat race for maximizing his choices rather than in using them. Decisions based on needs and not on greed alone can ensure happiness and provide a sustainable life style. We have resources to meet everybody’s need but not greed. Greed fuels corrupt practices.
Generally human endeavors are propelled by the thirst for fame, which is another name for desire. Even the rich and wealthy fall victims to this disease. A humble individual has no craving for name, fame, or money. His urge to adhere to truth comes from pure selflessness. Greed and the insatiable tendency to amass wealth create great disparities in society. This creates conflicts and all round unhappiness.
Desire and anger induce a man to commit painful action. We intensely desire an object and try to get it by dubious means. Desire is a deadly enemy. Equally so is anger. When we fail to get the object of our desire we become angry with the man whom we believe blocked us. This is equally applicable to individuals, organizations and countries. When we are angry our whole body shakes. Anger causes pain to body and mind. We look horrible when angry.
Sorrow and anger are two forms of unfulfilled desire. When someone thwarts our desire we become angry with him or her. Often we find ourselves angry with some one. When we see a man who has committed an offence we lose our temper Anger produces evil effects and painful situations. We have to be extremely cautious with this enemy. Careful thought will convince us that there is no justification to be angry with anyone. Before we conclude to accuse someone, we must ask ourselves how we would have acted if placed in the same circumstances.
Desire, anger and greed are mental states. Desire not fulfilled becomes anger. . People with raging desires become greedy. They reinforce one another. Pursuit of ephemeral happiness lands a person in the kingdom of pain. The best way to be happy is to tame our desires, anger and greed. This is possible with techniques of mind control of which meditation is the most important. It makes the mind calm. There will be no unwanted desires. There will be no ripples of anger and we can say good-bye to greed. If we achieve this state of mind by steady practice we can avoid entering the gateway to hell.
Gateways to Hell