The Permanent Solution – 16 (A philosophical short book)
Let us assume that there is couple. Both of them are governed by rajas mood. Wife’s rajas mood is much stronger than her husband’s. Wife proposes a concert visit and husband promptly agrees to it. Both of them leave house. While going to concert, they come across a book stall. Since there is enough time to go to concert, they get into book stall to see the range of books available. They come across a book on God realization. Husband picks it up and scrolls trough it. His rajas mood, which was not strong enough, gets subdued as a result of divine atmosphere provided by book. Wife is getting restless, for they might miss the concert if her husband continued reading the book in which she has no interest at all . Husband’s mood gets totally changed. He says to his wife, “Is it necessary that we must see the concert today itself? Can we plan it tomorrow after office hours? Because this book seems to be very good, I want to read it in leisure time, for I can grasp better when I am fresh rather than when I am tired, as it usually happens after working hours and some refreshing after office hours is always welcome. Therefore, we will certainly go to concert tomorrow.” Wife gets annoyed at this. Husband is totally out of rajas mood. He tells his wife, “OK. You proceed to concert. I”ll go home read this book peacefully.” So, wife proceeds to concert and husband gets back to home. Wife returns from the concert after few hours. Both of them try to justify their viewpoint and reach the level of verbal dispute.
The point is friendship is based on support that you think you get for your concept of happiness from other person.
The final conclusion is, “No husband loves his wife for wife’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to his own soul. No wife loves her husband for husband’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to her own soul. No father loves his offspring for offspring’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to his own soul. No offspring loves his father for father’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to its own soul. No mother loves her offspring for offspring’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to her own soul. No offspring loves its mother for mother’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to its own soul. No friend loves other friend for other friend’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to his own soul. In short, no one loves anyone else for else’s happiness, but to fetch happiness to one’s own soul.”