Often we hear people discussing that they are unhappy. It is indeed surprising that with whoever we may talk he says he is unhappy. Perhaps people have a temporary respite from worries and miseries, but they always become unhappy immediately preceding and succeeding that state. Nonetheless we remain so much absorbed in whatever little temporary pleasures or happiness we get that we do not remember unhappiness or the one that follows it. Though we are reminded of it by our true well wisher, we remain largely oblivious of this need. We rather think what is the need for it.
And who is the true well wisher? Indeed, God who is truly our own person, or well-wisher, in search of whom we have come into this world, and only when we will reach His lotus-feet that we shall be in everlasting peace.
But do we really consider this world as an alien land? If we care to examine our mind a little we shall find that no matter how fleeting may be our life here in this world which is a mixture of pleasures and pains, we have taken it as our permanent abode and continue living in it. On the other hand, we very much enjoy living here! Hardly we want to get out of it. Only when we will feel tired of it we will think of the way to get out of it.
Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj was the 12th President of the Ramakrishna Order
Source – Vedanta Kesari November 2008