We are encouraged to live a Life of excess by advertisers, retailers, the government and society, with the promise that this will make us happy and fulfilled.

This is having a huge impact on the planet, on mental health and on our state of peacefulness.

The Vedas propose that our well-being and happiness is tied to a life of restraint and moderation, of “simple living and high thinking”, as my spiritual teacher used to say.

Two verses from the Bhagavad-gita which I quoted:

“One who is not connected with the Supreme can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?”  Bg 2.66

“A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires — that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still — can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.”  Bg 2.70