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Happiness Contentment: Transient Goals

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Happiness Contentment:

Transient Goals


Albert Einstein ‘A Messenger of Time’

“To ponder interminably over the reason for one’s own existence,” Albert Einstein wrote in 1934, “or the meaning of life in general seems to me, from an objective point of view, to be sheer folly. And yet everyone holds certain ideals by which he guides his aspiration and his judgement. The ideals, which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living, are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.” #

Einstein wrote wisely, a threefold power of truth, a message to us all for eternity… “The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.”

Thus unfolds a universal message of truth, founded upon spiritual feeling, a cosmic conviction stronger than material evidence, revealing the nature of true existence. Everlasting in spirit, truth stands eternal and cannot be placed asunder.

Those persons, who chase material comfort and happiness, will never find true pleasure or real happiness. For the reality which they seek, is simply a pursuit of an illusion which never fulfils itself, and the reality which they reject, is to them an illusion which they have never understood, and is in fact… reality.

Happiness is not gained by chasing it. Happiness is the end product of right feeling, right conviction and right attitude. Material acquisition does not inspire happiness. Material possession is a transient experience, a cheap thrill that always leaves a trace of following dissatisfaction. It could be a mediocre investment or maybe an expensive outlay but the reality is still the same. It could be expensive or cheap in economic terms, but in either case, it is still a ‘cheap thrill.’ The reason is obvious, the spirit of inner contentment is never completely satisfied, the hunger is always there desiring more acquisition, the joy of gain is not lasting, the transient pleasure of material possessions is an illusion that can never fulfil itself. As reality emerges, the illusion vanishes and once more discontentment unfolds its darkness. Diminishing the spirit of happiness… discontent achieves nothing, but saves its own loss. Rising to the surface, the driving force of new materialistic needs burns a hole in the mind of the owner of discontent, and destroys inner spiritual peace. Gone is freedom, as the persistent owner becomes a slave of their quest for possessions. Always searching for something, seeking ultimate happiness, people possessed by the limitation of discontent, never seem to understand that the way of true freedom, inner peace, and real happiness, can only be experienced by those persons who value spiritual love above material things.

Some material items are essential for survival, life cannot realistically exist upon the feeling of spirit without certain material elements, but this is only true of the three basic needs of existence, i.e., food, clothing, and shelter…threefold is need. All else is… luxury, nice to own, but not essential to the flow of happiness. Often simplicity serves happiness with greater response. The true values of existence lies in the field of trust within each other… inner spiritual peace is a product of spiritual freedom, inspired by spiritual love, a feeling of deep caring conviction which is simply called carespirit.


Those persons who build their system of ethics upon the principles of needing material acquisitions above all else… will fail in finding eternal happiness. These misguided types are constantly prepared to compromise their true self to achieve their materialistic goals. Hence, they deny themselves the true freedom, joy, and peace, which are gained by those individuals whose ethics is built upon their spiritual convictions of love… a threefold power of consciousness – inner, middle and outer.

Upon this stage of understanding, we add the thoughts of Einstein and Cosmicism to our insight, and journey forward to expand our consciousness.

Allan Peter Ivarsson © 1987

# Reference: I Believe … Nineteen Personal Philosophies. Compiled and published by Unwin books…London. Notes: extract by Albert Einstein. First published in 1940 in Great Britain. First read by Allan Ivarsson in 1972. ‘An excellent book.’















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