Of what avail is the human form if one’s actions and thoughts are not conducive to the realisation of one’s inherent Divinity? By concerning oneself only with the demands of the body, man today is forgetting his Divine essence and is immersed in material, pursuits. It is this preoccupation with the mundane that is at the root of all the insecurity and unhappiness experienced by man. He is perennially filled with discontent and dissatisfaction. Discontentment affects man in two ways: One is lack of peace of mind. The other is unhappiness resulting from lack of peace.
How to get rid of Envy?
What is the root cause of discontentment? It is envy. This has been the besetting vice of man from the beginning of time. Only when envy is eradicated from the human heart will man have self-satisfaction. The contented man enjoys peace. How does envy arise? When one compares oneself with those who are better off, or who hold higher offices, or score higher marks, or are more handsome, and suffers from a consciousness of his own inferiority, envy arises. Discontent over what he lacks gives birth to envy. To get rid of this evil quality one has to look at those who are worse off than himself. For instance, when you look at those who have got lower marks, you can be satisfied that you have done better than others. Likewise, when one views the state of those holding lower jobs, one can feel satisfied with one’s own position. Thus, if envy has to be got rid of, this sort of comparison with those who are worse off has to be undertaken. In due course one develops a sense of equal-mindedness both towards those who are better off and those who are worse off. Such equal-mindedness is a Divine quality. There is nothing wrong in aspiring for higher positions. But one should not feel envious about those who are in such positions. It is a crime to entertain such feelings.
Source: Trikaranashuddhi: The Triune Path, My Dear Students Volume 05, Divine Discourse delivered on January 19, 1989 at the Sri Sathya Sai Hostel, Prasanthi Nilayam