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in fact survey after survey has shown that it is unhappy people who tend to be most self focused and are often socially withdrawn, brooding and even antagonistic (aggressive).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.

DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS

Definition of Happiness
Happiness 
is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.

Various research groups, including Positive psychology, endeavor to apply the scientific method to answer questions about what “happiness” is, and how we might attain it.

Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek Eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics.

Happiness economics suggests that measures of public happiness should be used to supplement more traditional economic measures when evaluating the success of public policy.

Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components.

Money doesn’t buy much happiness unless it’s used in certain ways. “Beyond the point at which people have enough to comfortably feed, clothe, and house themselves, having more money – even a lot more money – makes them only a little bit happier.” However we can sometimes get more happiness bang for our buck by spending it in prosocial ways. A Harvard Business School study found that “spending money on others actually makes us happier than spending it on ourselves”.

There are various factors that have been correlated with happiness, but no validated method has been found to substantially improve longterm happiness in a meaningful way for most people.

Psychologist Martin Seligman provides the acronym PERMA to summarize Positive Psychology’s correlational findings: humans seem happiest when they have

  1. Pleasure (tasty foods, warm baths, etc.),
  2. Engagement (or flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging ac-tivity),
  3. Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indi-cator of happiness),
  4. Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and
  5. Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals).

Sociologists define happiness as the degree to which person evaluates the overall quality of his present life as a whole positively. In other words how much a person likes life he or she leads.

By happiness I mean here a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. This is not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion, or a mood but an optimal state of being. Many people will talk about shortterm happiness like a birth of a child, or an exam they have aced, or a sporting victory etc. The common factor of all these short-term experiences would seem to be the momentary disappearance of inner conflicts. The person feels in harmony with the world and the self.

Real happiness is the state of lasting wellbeing that manifests itself when we have freed ourselves of mental blindness and afflictive emotions. It is also the wisdom that allows us to see the world as it is, without veils or distortions. It is finally the joy of moving toward inner freedom and the loving kindness that ra- diates towards others. Ignorance is an inability to recognize the true nature of things and of the law of cause and effect that governs happiness and suffering.

WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

HAPPINESS: –

  1. The quality or state of being happy.
  2. Good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
  3. Pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction.
  4. Happiness, bliss, contentment, felicity, imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction.
  5. Happiness – results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one’s family.
  6. Bliss – is pure or absolute happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfect companionship.
  7. Contentment – is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests with- out desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified: con- tentment in one’s surroundings.
  8. Felicity – is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intense kind: to wish a young couple felicity (pleasure) in life.
  9. It is a state of well being characterized by emotions ranging from con- tentment to intense joy.
  10. It is emotions experienced when in a state of well-being.
  11. It is a feeling the experiencing of effective and emotional state.
  12. It is enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure.
  13. Whereas Unhappiness is experiencing or marked by or causing sad- ness or sorrow or discontentment.

SPIRITUALITY 03

PEACE

Peace consists of pure thoughts, pure feelings and pure wishes. When the energy of thought, word and action is balanced and stable, the individual is at peace with the self, in relationships and the world. To exercise the power of peace look inward in order to look outward with courage, purpose and meaning.

Spiritual Progress

There is benefit for you in every situation. If, that is, you know how to look for it. The idea behind steady spiritual progress is to see every circumstance and situation (particularly those that challenge you) as a tailormade lesson in your personal plan for self-development. For example, in a situation where hurtful or angry words were exchanged, why not see it as the chance either to perceive things about your own character which need changing or to rehearse some virtue or quality that you need to put into practice more often? Actually, we should be grateful for the opportunity to evaluate ourselves. In this way you can transform anything into a constructive lesson. Never think that you’ve learned enough and now can stop. You should love it when people try to correct you or give you advice. It keeps you alert and gives you plenty of opportunity to put your truth into practice. It’s a sign of great danger to be unable to accept criticism and instead use your understanding to criticize others. Realize deeply the significance of every moment, and your spiritual progress will be assured.

Eye Of The Storm

A wise sea captain caught in a tropical storm knows that if he holds his vessel on the periphery it will get hurled from one side to the other. If he can reach the eye of the storm, he will enter a place of stillness. The storm will then subside and the ship can continue its journey. Similarly, when everything around me is changing in a very intense way, the best place for me to seek shelter and refuge is not on the outside, but deep within the self, where I can get in touch with my own inner being, find strength and stability, then come out and do whatever it is I need to.

Divine Help

Many times people report the feeling of divine help and strength when they come close to breaking point. Actually divine help is always there, but I am usually so busy doing things in my own little way that I only look for it when I face absolute defeat. The tranquil nature of enlightened souls comes from their ability to take God’s help constantly. A state of true surrender will lead to the feeling of victory in everything I do.

Go Deep

Most of us think too much, especially about events and people, local and global, famous and not so famous. When we are always thinking about what is happening on the surface of life, the visible, then it is as if we are living a su- perficial life. Deep down inside there is a voice, a longing, and a calling to depth. It’s our heart, reminding us to visit, explore and express the depths of us. Going deep and being deep requires time spent in solitude, some periods of introversion and a conversation with us. How on earth will we ever see what is in our heart unless we dive deep inside, switch on the light and look. Those who do will tell you it change everything. What do they see? Simple, only beauty and truth. They are always there, waiting for us to return. Waiting to welcome us and to introduce ourselves to our self.

Love

Love is a powerful force. It can take us to great heights and leave us feeling light and airy. Yet it has been the most abused and misused force. Many degraded things pass for love. True love is based on understanding, mutual trust and respect and not simply on transient emotions. Love is being in balance, that is, in harmony with the self, God and each other. Love dwells in the soul. We must allow this love to flow out and around us. Without love, all of life’s treasures are locked away from our vision and experiences, for indeed ‘love is the key.’