“Superficiality characterizes everything we do. We judge people by the clothes they wear and the cars they drive. We occupy our minds with what we would like to eat, what we would like to buy and what we could do to impress friends and neighbors. We have no time to think of the world within.
In the world within you will not find material treasures; not the wealth of this world – but untapped, undreamt resourced of wisdom, peace, joy, spiritual strength, creativity and healing power.
We emphasize speech, action and outward show; we forget that there is a far more valuable aspect to life called reflection, contemplation and introspection.”
-Dada J P Vaswani
Isn’t this so true? We spend so much of our time “keeping up with the Joneses,” we forget that there are more important pursuits that could make us so much happier. If we focus more on our internal lives, the things that make us feel true joy and peace, we are focusing on the things that no one can take away from us. If we lose all our material goods, we still have our internal strength and joy. If we meet someone who has more than ourselves, then we don’t fee sad or frustrated because of our jealousy.
In my opinion we do live in a material world. It’s okay to enjoy that aspect of ourselves. But we must not forget to focus on our internal world also. That’s the big mistake we make. We forget to ALSO focus on our internal world; on attaining the internal peace and joy that will sustain us through anything. it’s the true path to lasting happiness.