What Don’t We Have What We Want?


Are our mind works in paradox? i just felt today like our mind works in paradox,like as i wants peace but i have anxiety problems and i want money but i have no money right now ): what’s your view in this plz reply.

—suraj, India


Yes, indeed, Suraj! We call it duality: the mixture of light and dark, of the opposites in all creation. Some call it paradox and it’s like a pair of ox (who don’t get along very well)! Ha, ha.

Not only that but, as we say in the West: “The grass is greener on the other side (of the fence).” We tend to want what we don’t have. When peaceful, we suddenly find arising in the mind a desire for adventure or action. When busy and engaged, we yearn for a lakeside view in a lounge chair. Yup, that’s how it works.

Until we can live more and more in the PRESENT moment, the more we will find the gift of contentment, happiness, and the energy to do what must be done. That’s why we call the Presence of Mind such a great present (or gift)!

The way of transcendence is the only way out of the suffering of the mind which is continually “wanting, but not wanting.” This means living at our center, undaunted by the passing spectacle of good, bad, indifferent. This does not, if practiced correctly, dull our sensibilities or incline us to be blase or indifferent but gives the wide view of the ETERNAL NOW.

Meditation is the quickest and most effective way to achieve conscious contact with the gift of the Present. Devotion to the Supreme Lord means to offer our dual-nature each and every day into our non-dual nature of bliss and infinity. Doing so through the medium of the God-realized guru makes this process real rather than merely intellectual. Devotion with intelligent seeking, right action and attitude, and serving the Divine in all with love and respect: these are some of the key features of a mind that is united and not divided.

Have you had any contact with AnandaIndia.org? Or one of our many centers in major cities in India? There or online you can learn meditation and the 8-Fold Path taught anciently by Patanjali, the yogi’s clinician for the ailments of mental suffering!

Peace be with you!
Nayaswami Hriman
Seattle WA USA