We all constantly and persistently long to be happy. To this end, some of us attempt to accumulate wealth, others steal, some spend their lives pursuing sexual conquests, while others seek spiritual cures through devotion and discriminative understanding. Even the masochist, in his/her own paradoxical way, is seeking happiness through the pleasure of pain. The underlying motivating force, however, remains the same throughout: the desire for unending happiness during our lifetime (or in the hereafter.)

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