Follow the path of desire long enough,
and the heart is led into vexation.
Chasing every dream,
one becomes lost.
He who floods himself with pleasure and excess,
will become old before his time.
For if you cannot find peace where you sit right now,
where else could you?
Break the chains of desire,
and find life’s greatest reward.
This is the only path to freedom and longevity.
Desire is the catalyst for many great things. Pair it with ambition, and the results are limitless. Countless achievements, inventions, ideas and works of art are born from it. Desire is also a shackle. In excess, it muddles the mind. When our thoughts are filled with wanting, we become blind to what we already have. The modern world is filled with beautiful things, and their exteriors draw us in with grand expectations. We expect the same beauty to be lying within them, as well. But often these objects, people, jobs or achievements have no intrinsic value at all. In the same way a mother relinquishes her desires for the benefit of her child, we must relinquish ours in order to achieve a richer, more satisfying existence. Freedom from wanting is the ultimate nirvana. Therefore, the thing which we should desire most is simply the absence of desire. Remember, you cannot long for something that isn’t far away.