When I was young I desired a million things but had no money to buy them with.\nNow when I am old, I have more money but very few things I desire\u2026.\nThere were weeks when I pined for a bright yellow shirt that was selling for Rs. 15 and every day as I passed the shop all I could do was look at it lovingly, sigh and move on as I did not have the Rs. 15 to spare.\nToday I stroll through the well-stocked malls of Singapore, with enough Rs. 15s in the bank and yet I come away with zero purchases.\nMaybe the items around me have changed. Or maybe my tastes have changed. Or maybe my mindset has changed. Maybe I have lost interest in worldly things. Or maybe I am just dead? For, how is it possible for a living person to have no desire?\nAnd as I am on the way to getting convinced that I have arrived at some higher plane of existence in which I have attained control over my mind \u2013 suddenly I see something that makes my heart skip a beat \u2026\nand the illusion of my evolution into a sage comes crashing down.\nIt seems I am alive still. For, I do have desires!\nThe mind is now in a state of pursuit \u2026 I cannot get enough of the visuals of the object \u2026 I cannot wait for replies to emails \u2026. I cannot wait for the other side of the world to wake up\u2026. I cannot sleep \u2026 I must know more!\nTHIS is happiness.\nThe blandness of a desireless existence has been dispelled by the intense lure of an object!\nWhoever said material things cannot make one happy has not discovered antique art yet!!\nNow\u00a0 the challenge is to prolong that longing for a bit \u2026 allow it to turn into some kind of \u2018nasha\u2019.\nBut for now I am happy \u2026.. am relishing this state of longing.\nHere are the objects of my desire\u2026.\nObjects that I can someday have in my possession but whose soul\u00a0 I can never own.\n\nAm reminded of the song lyrics:\n\u201cJinke Sar Ho Ishq Ki Chhanv\nPaaon Ke Neeche Jaanat Hogi\u201d\nWhen above one\u2019s head, one has the shade of \u201cIshq\u201d (closest translation is romance / love / passion) Then one\u2019s feet are walking in heaven.\nHow wonderful it is to desire things!\n\u00a0\njm\nMarch 2018\nView more photos of this exquisite antique textile in the \u2018Personal Collection\u2019 on \n (On display from April 2018)\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Material Pleasures appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.