Eventually it becomes clear that our lives are not productive or beneficial for ourselves or the world. Like a dream animal, we run through a desert pursuing a mirage.
The more we run, the hotter we become; the drier and more depleted our energy, the more vivid the mirage appears. Running itself intensifies the craving.
The drive for prosperity and achievement leads us astray because we are seeking answers in the wrong place. Looking to the future, pinning our hopes on beautiful dreams, we lose much of the value of our lives.
We fall into patterns of needing and wanting, and lose the delicate inner balance that is our real source of nourishment and satisfaction.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Hidden Mind of Freedom