This excerpt is quite small but the message needs few words. Here the sage tells the protagonist about the secret to happiness, which like the self needs no finding.
“Happiness, like the self, is something people try hard to find and like they do the self they believe it is to be found somewhere in the body or the senses. They go here and there, following their desires and thinking that at the end of them is that happiness they so long for. I tell you, my friend: there is no greater liberation than to want nothing, long for nothing and seek nothing in this material world.”
This simple contentment in being is not to be mistaken for aimlessness or laziness. Rather, it is the recognition that if ones associates happiness with the fulfillment of wants and desires, one will never be at peace.