STATE OF MIND IS KEY TO HAPPINESS:

State of mind is key to happiness: –

There are many levels of happiness. In Buddhism, for instance, there is a reference to four factors of fulfillment, or happiness: Wealth, Worldly Satisfaction, Spirituality, and Enlightenment. Together they embrace the totality of an individual’s quest for happiness. In a worldly sense, there are certain key elements that we conventionally acknowledge as contributing to joy and happiness. 1. Good Health is considered to be one of the necessary factors for as happy life. 2. Material facilities (Wealth) are another factor that we regard as a source of happiness. 3. An additional factor is to have friendship or compan- ions. We all recognize that in order to enjoy a fulfilled life, we need a circle of friends with whom we can relate emotionally and trust. In order for individual to be able to fully utilize them towards a goal of enjoying a happy and fulfilled life, your state of mind is the key and it’s crucial.

Without the right mental attitude, without attention to the mental factor, these things have very little impact on our long-term feelings of happiness. If one can maintain a calm, peaceful state of mind, then you can be a very happy person even if you have poor health.

So leaving a side the perspective of spiritual practice, even in worldly terms, in terms of our enjoying a happy day to day existence, the greatest the level of calmness of mind, the greater our peace of mind, the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.

Secret of Happiness: –

As long as there is lack of inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external facilities or conditions you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking. On the other hand, if you possess this inner quality, a calmness of mind, a degree of stability within, then even if you lack various external facilities that you would normally consider necessary for happiness, it is still possible to have a happy and joyful life.

PERCEPTION OF HAPPINESS

Perception of Happiness: –

Even if generic make up plays a role in happiness – and the verdict is still out on how large that role is – there is general agreement among psychologists that no matter what level of happiness we are endowed with by nature, there are steps we can take to work with the “mind factor’ to enhance our feelings of happiness. This is because our outlook largely determines our moment-to- moment happiness. In fact whether we are feeling happy or unhappy at any given moment often has very little to do with our absolute conditions but rather it is a function of how we perceive our situation, how satisfied we are with what we have.

What shapes our perception and level of satisfaction?

Our feelings of contentment are strongly influenced by our tendency to compare. When we compare our current situation to our past and find that we are better off, we feel happy. So we see how our feelings of life satisfaction often depends upon whom we compare ourselves to. Constant comparison with those who are smarter, more beautiful or successful than us also tends to breed envy, frustration and unhappiness. But we can use this same principle in a positive way, we can increase our feeling of life satisfaction by comparing ourselves to those who are less fortunate than us and by reflecting on all the things we have.

MODERN MEDICINE AND HEALTHY LIFE:

Modern medicine and Healthy Life: –

The skills of modern medicine are amazing. The miracles of healing performed by modern medicine are astounding. But the time has come when modern medicine must take a step forward. Doctors must find a way of treating the whole human being. Modern medicine takes care only of the body like a machine, which can be repaired when it goes out of order. Man is a composite being built of body, mind and soul. Each one of us is essentially a soul. If the soul is sick, do whatever you do to the body, it will keep on moving from one sickness to another. We need to treat the whole human being.

Doctors should teach the psychology of mind. Always be positive in your out- look upon life and expect the best. Plant beautiful thoughts in your mind. Control your anger, and animal appetites. Many doctors are drawing a correlation between an individual personality and the nature of his disease. Give and forgive and live a healthy life.

  1. The foundation of healthy body is a happy mind. Therefore let nothing agitate you or disturb your inner peace. Keep your upstairs (Brain) clean and your downstairs (Body) will be healthy.
  2. Eat a balanced diet.
  3. Drink sufficient water.
  4. Take plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
  5. Laugh heartily. Laughter is at once a physical, mental and spiritual tonic.
  6. You must have sufficient sleep.
  7. You must have adequate exercise.
  8. You must have proper elimination (via bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin)
  9. Everyday you must spend some time in silence, Pray, Meditate, do your spiritual thinking.
  10. You must adopt a cheerful and positive attitude.

How can we overcome stress?

To overcome stress you need to understand what stress stands for:

  1. S – Smile – keep smiling
  2. T – Tolerance – grow in tolerance
  3. R – Relax – never be tensed
  4. E – Easy – Take it easy but not be lazy
  5. S – Service – keep serving
  6. S – Silence – practice silence and thereby turn to God

Note: – Opposite of “STRESSED”(unhappiness) is “DESSERTS”(happiness)

How can success be measured?

Success must not be measured in terms of money, power, prestige, influence, education, or standing in society. For a man may have all of these and yet his life may be full of misery, unhappiness, moral corruption, and ineffectiveness. Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness, the ability to be happy and make others happy, the ability to be loved and to love, the ability to remain peaceful harmony with those around you, with your own self and with God’s cosmic laws.

Success has three dimensions. – 1. The first is LENGTH, which is concerned with man’s material needs, his hopes and aspirations, his desires and dreams. – 2. The second dimension is BREADTH, for the truly successful man should go beyond himself and reach outward to others. – 3. The third dimension is HEIGHT; he must go high and tap the hidden source of supply and wisdom, which we call GOD.

LIFE IS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

LIFE IS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: – 17

Happiness is what everyone is seeking for, but the majority seeks in things, which are evanescent and not real. No happiness was ever found in the senses or in enjoyment of senses. Happiness is found only in the spirit. We the immortal, the ever pure, the perfect spirit, think we are little minds and we are little bodies. It is the mother of all selfishness. As soon as I think I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies. If a small fraction part of the human beings living today can put aside the idea of selfishness, narrowness and littleness, this earth will become a paradise.

Common prudent human beings think that the purpose of our existence is to seek happiness, it seems like common sense. But isn’t life based on seeking personal happiness by nature self centered, even self-indulgent?

Not necessarily, in fact survey after survey has shown that it is unhappy people who tend to be most self focused and are often socially withdrawn, brooding and even antagonistic (aggressive). Happy people on contrast are generally found to be more sociable, flexible, creative and are able to tolerate life’s daily frustrations more easily than unhappy people.

The turning towards happiness as a valid goal and the conscious decision to seek happiness in a systematic manner can profoundly change the rest of our lives.

What is Heaven?

Heaven is the idea of happiness minus unhappiness. We want joys of this life minus sorrows. Naturally this is a good idea, but there is no such thing as absolutely good or as such thing as absolutely evil. For example there was a rich man in America who one day learnt from his accountant that he has only one million dollar left of his property. He thought, “What will he do tomorrow?” and therefore committed suicide. A million dollars were poverty to him.

What is joy and what is happiness?

These are relative terms. Joy for one may be sorrow for the other. Everyone’s idea of pleasure and sorrow is different. Our pleasures and sorrows are always changing. It changes with the change of our necessities.

Modern medicine and Healthy Life: –

The skills of modern medicine are amazing. The miracles of healing performed by modern medicine are astounding. But the time has come when modern medicine must take a step forward. Doctors must find a way of treating the whole human being. Modern medicine takes care only of the body like a machine, which can be repaired when it goes out of order. Man is a composite being built of body, mind and soul. Each one of us is essentially a soul. If the soul is sick, do whatever you do to the body, it will keep on moving from one sickness to another. We need to treat the whole human being.

HAPPINESS IN LIFE

HAPPINESS IN LIFE: –

When wickedness prevails there is disorder in every field of life, but where goodness rules, order prevails and people are happy. They are happy not in the sense that their material needs are satisfied, but in the sense that they lead virtuous and contented lives. As for material possessions, some men have fortunes and yet have a distracted life. That is no sign of happiness.

The same law applies to the world of the living, which applies to the world of inert matter. As clay and gold are ultimately the same substance, so the saint and the sinner are ultimately one. They are both manifestations of the SOUL. The layer of uncleanliness has disappeared from over the saint’s SOUL and is becoming ever thicker over the sinner’s SOUL. We should have risen above this ordinary level only when we learn to have equal regard for either. He who rises above both happiness and misery has achieved Yoga. Yoga here means ab- sence of suffering, never feeling miserable.

The speed of air can be measured by a meteorologist and that of electricity by a scientist; but no machine has yet been invented to measure the speed of the mind. It is unsteady and restless. We should withdraw it from every direction in which it flies and fix it in the right place, that is, in the SOUL.

He who acts towards others as if they were himself, will meet their needs as if they were his own, he would do to others what he will do to himself, will learn to look upon himself and the world as one. He is the true saint who is happy when others are happy and suffers when others suffer.

We should let no impurity enter our thoughts. Parents give us the human form, sometimes a form like their own. The subtle changes, which take place within us, become visible through our eyes. If we get a disease, we should believe that we ourselves are the cause of it. A person whose mind is so strong that he influences his surroundings instead of being influenced by them gets no disease. It is for our good therefore, to believe that our illness is the result of our own sins.

One should see oneself in the whole world and the whole world in oneself and act towards others accordingly. The ideal of non-violence had its origin in this realization – that when human life is full of suffering, we should cause suffering to no one.

Anger consumes many times more energy than does joy. It is because people spend more energy than they can afford that injustice and tyranny prevail in the world. Enjoyment of sense pleasure leads to death.