Contentment is one type of knowledge. It suggests development.A contented person has contentment in everything – be it money, or being loved by family and friends, or social status, health, professional fulfilment or achievements in life. He has enjoyed these things in his many previous lives. Therefore there is contentment in him; he has no more desires for anything now.

Desire implies we are not contented with what we already have!Have you ever experienced that when you see someone have something, you too develop a desire to have it? This happens when we are not contented from within.
And the nature of desire is such that the moment our one desire gets fulfilled, another desire crops up immediately.

Desires keep on arising one after another. And once desire arises, we are not at peace anymore; it keeps burning inside us until it gets fulfilled. We keep buying things out of our attachment to material world. However, material objects can never extinguish the fire of these never-ending desires.

Just think about it! Inspite of having so much at our disposal, we tend to lose our peace even if we do not have just one item. We become unhappy because we are not contented with what we already have, but instead remain constantly engrossed in thoughts of how to get what I do not have.

One who has not enjoyed in his past life has discontent.
One who has not enjoyed in past, in such a person, there remains a constant need and greed to enjoy this, enjoy that, enjoy everything that he can fantasize. Greed of many varieties sets into him. And when there is greed for something, we do not find satisfaction even after having acquired it. Until right understanding prevails, greed remains. Contentment is the opposite of greed. The greedy person has lot of awareness in the worldly matters, whereas a contented person has awareness in the spiritual world.

As we grow spiritually, we realize that it is these desires that cause us grief.
After having gained several experiences over many lifetimes, one realizes how desires are at the root of all the suffering that one undergoes in life; and thus concludes that, “There isn’t any happiness in this, there isn’t any happiness in this either.” Once this right understanding arises, the mind does not raise any objection when it does not get what it desires; and contentment then comes naturally!

Right understanding makes one contented.
For those to whom satisfaction comes naturally and spontaneously are highly developed beings. The power of contentment is extraordinary is such people. They peacefully consume whatever they get, and aren’t bothered about anything that fails to come their way.
Do you want to get to a state of natural and spontaneous contentment? If yes, try this.

Sit in a calm and quiet place, close your eyes and search within yourself for what all do you wish to have. Try prompting yourself: do you want to watch a movie, do you want to go out for dinner, you want to buy a car? a house? One more dinner set? designer clothes? new TV? latest mobile? want to go touring? wanna host a party? want more money? want to own more property? want more jewellery? go on...

List down all your wants and wishes, irrespective of whether it is your burning desire, a desperate want or a mild wish. Now make it a practice that every morning as soon as you wake up, you heartily pray to God, “Oh God! I have no desire for anything that is transient and temporary in this world.” Just say this prayer with all your heart and get onto your work. Continue to do this; it will prove very helpful to you.

Contented people get everything in life, naturally!
Things come to them even when they have no wish for it. One who does not want anything is a happy man, and he’s always thinking about how to make others happy. When contented, we experience inner peace and tranquility. We can easily maintain equanimity and remain unaffected in every situation. One who is contented, the world is forgotten to him. As much contentment, that much liberation one has.

There is complete contentment, where there is Soul!!
Akram Science, founded by Param Pujya Dadashri, brings about a state of complete contentment within us!! This is a stepless path to Self-Realization, whereby with the grace of Gnani, the Enlightened One, we realize that ‘I am a Pure Soul and my nature is only to see and know.’ With this, our belief that, ‘I am indeed the one who is having desires’ drops. And as a result, new desires do not then generate anymore.

The Soul has no desire whatsoever. So, after Self-Realization, as we follow the teachings of Gnani, and remain in the awareness of our real Self more and more, state of contentment prevails inside us! Presently, Pujya Deepakbhai graces seekers around the world with this invaluable Self-Realization for no cost whatsoever, and brings us to the precious state of being contented in the bliss of one's Self forever!!

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization