Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Cause of Unhappiness

'If you look carefully you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.'
- by Anthony de Mello

There must be a million things in my life that I falsely believe I need for happiness. This is the wisdom of all spiritual gurus - desire and attachment is the root of all misery, it is our self-enslavement to things, power, opinion that keeps us from our spiritual freedom. It is a hard pill to swallow, even harder to walk the long journey of detachment. And I will surely be plagued by immense insecurity and self-doubt every step of the way.. Yet it's a journey I must make.. - YY


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