Simply wanting is not true wanting

Life of everyone is full of desires and wishes. We all wish many things depending upon need, time, and situation and hope them to be fulfilled. Religious philosophy finds this fact as one of the pillar, supporting the existence of God, religions and miracles. It says that many times when human beings feels that satisfying their wish or desire is beyond the control of human being, he resort to God. This is the reason, why God is capable of doing everything. This establishes relation with God, miracles and religion. For people, God can do anything in a blink of an eye, that can only be described as miracle and for this, we need religion.

This is not the whole story; what happens when our wish does not fulfill. We are very cunning and a complaining creature. One side accomplishment of wish and wand increases the faith in God and religion while on the other side any failure in accomplishment shakes the faith in them. Overall, we need all our wishes to be fulfilled. In long list of daily and materialistic wishes, one wish is quite different i.e. wish of meeting God or wish of knowing the truth which in words of Maslow is 'Self-actualization.' This is the wish people often face failure. Almost everyone has wished it in his/her life since the evolution but only few were lucky, who got their wish fulfilled.

Being the most complaining creature, we attribute external factors responsible for our failure. When our wish to know the eternal truth does not get fulfilled we either blame the path or deny the existence of such thing. Only one who knows the truth has the capability to explain the reason behind such failure and amazingly, when they explain they find it inside us rather only outside. One story depict the same explanation,

Once, a hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him.

"Master, I wish to become your disciple," said the man.

"Why so?" replied the hermit.

The young man thought for a moment and replied, "Because, I want to know the eternal truth. I have this wish for the last one decade but nothing had been achieved by me. I think such thing does not exist. Can you explain the reason?"

After listening his question master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself, the master finally pulled him up out of the river. The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath. When he eventually calmed down, the master spoke. "Tell me, what you wanted most of all when you were under water."

"Air!" answered the man.

"Very well," said the master. "Go home and come back to me when you want to know the truth as much as you just wanted air."

True wishes become the centre of life, leaving rest all other wishes and needs aside. Here, if a young man truly wants to know the truth, he must put all other wishes and needs aside. Only eternal truth must be the center of his life. In Bible Jesus asked his followers to, give up everything in order to follow him. This is practical in our daily life also, what you want even in material life, you have to wish it to full extent.

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