Live in Ever-New Joy
March 24, 2015
There is one thing you will never tire of, either in this life or throughout eternity, and that is the ever-new joy realized in God-contact. Joy that is always the same may cause boredom, but joy that is ever-new will last forever. Such joy can be found only in deep meditation.
Fostering the desire for luxuries is the surest way to increase misery. Don’t be the slave of things or possessions; boil down even your “needs.” Spend your time in search of lasting happiness or bliss. The unchangeable, immortal soul is hidden behind the screen of your consciousness on which are painted disease, failure, and death. Lift the veil of illusive change, and become established in your immortal nature. Enthrone your fickle consciousness on the changelessness and calmness within you, which is the throne of God; then, let your soul manifest bliss night and day.
The soul’s nature is bliss—a lasting inner state of ever-new, ever-changing joy, which eternally entertains without changing the one entertained even when he passes through the trials of physical suffering or death.
Desirelessness is not negation; rather, it is the attainment of the self-control you need in order to regain the eternal heritage of all-fulfillment within your soul. First, by meditation, give the soul the opportunity to manifest this state, and then, constantly living in this state, do your duty to your body and mind, and to the world. You need not give up your ambitions and become negative; on the contrary, let the ever-lasting joy, which is your real nature, help you to realize all noble ambitions. Enjoy noble experiences with the joy of God.
From How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence by Paramhansa Yogananda
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