Meaning: The mantra of Rig Veda 7/89/4 alert us that - "The main cause of unhappiness or sorrow is ignorance. Therefore man must obtain self knowledge or spiritual knowledge by raising his level. With that only, all the desires become subdued".
Message: Today despite an abundance of food grains and every type of material prosperity, man is even unhappy than in the past. The main reason for this is that he has forgotten the real system of living or leading his life. People are ignorant about the goal of life. Most are running helter-skelter like mad people in the competition for earning money. But they are completely unaware about why they are doing all this. They do not remember at all the main objective of life and are trapped in the materialistic principle of 'eat, drink, and be merry'. Materialism by itself is the root cause of man's troubles.
God has made an arrangement of all types of means for the achievement of prosperity, comfort and happiness, but even then man is always upset about fulfilling his desires ad is not able to enjoy true happiness. Man's soul is a treasury of invaluable knowledge, but because of his ignorance, he does not know it and therefore spends a wretched and sorry life like a beggar,. Although he is living in an unfathomable sea of nectar, he is suffering extremely from thirst. His condition is like 'a fish remaining thirsty in water'. Only when self-realization is achieved that "I am the soul and not the body', the path of leading a life free from adverse situations and full of joy and enthusiasm is available.
Tremendous power of discretion and firm resolution are required for knowing the spirit or the soul. Immortality is nothing but knowing the soul or the self. One will have to love the soul for obtaining eternal peace. No one loves anyone more than his own soul. We love anything only as long as it is suitable for our soul. Once it becomes unsuitable for our soul then immediately we become ready to discard it.
Man prospers with the development of 'atmabal' (strength of the soul). To have the strength of the soul is our victory and lack of the strength of the soul is our defeat. All the lowliness and wretchedness of man disappears when he joins his soul with God and experiences himself as 'sarvashaktiman' (full of all powers). After that he never has to be defeated in any work. Atmabal (strength of the soul) is the best means for achieving victory over death. By taking its shelter man becomes successful and bright and there is an unbelievable increase in his bodily and mental powers.
As long as man is unable to understand this fact, till then he is not able to join the supreme pure authority of God. He does not, at any time, experience the divine authority of God and neither does he get any cooperation. Since there is no rein, or control over such a man's deeds, he is trapped in the net of greed, attachment, selfishness etcetera and becomes unstable by inviting his own destruction. This ignorance only is the birthplace of all his troubles which produce obstacles in his progress.
We should discard this ignorance and keep on trying to develop the strength of the soul or our will power.