Contentment

09/03/2011 Comments Off on Contentment

Contentment defined: the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.

Hinduism He who desires happiness must strive after a perfectly contented disposition and control himself; for happiness has contentment for its root, the root of unhappiness is the contrary (disposition) – Manusmriti 4.12

Christianity I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I
have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-13, New International VersionTaoism[1] Contentment alone is enough. Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in your contentment. (Source – Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Dr Wayne Dyer, 46th Verse – Living Peacefully) [2] There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; No calamity greater than to be discontented with one’s lot; No fault greater than the wish to be getting. Therefore, the sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency. (Source – James Legge, The Texts of Taoism, 1891 – Verse 46)Hinduism What is contentment? To renounce all craving for what is not obtained unsought and to be satisfied with what comes unsought, without being elated or depressed even by them — this is contentment. As long as one is not satisfied in the self, he will be subjected to sorrow. With the rise of contentment the purity of one’s heart blooms. The contented man who possesses nothing owns the world. – Yoga VashishthaHinduism [1] How and to whom can be described what is experienced within by one who is desireless, whose sorrow is destroyed, and who is contented with repose in the self.  Astavakra Gita 18.93 [2] Not asleep, even when sleeping soundly; not lying down, even when dreaming; and not awake even in the waking state; such is the wise one who is contented under all conditions. Astavakra Gita 18.93

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