If you are the kind of person who has been searching, and has ever wondered “I tried this and I tried that but still I am not happy”, well, you are not alone. True #happiness exists and it is possible for you to enjoy it, in this very life. Read on…
Fundamental Drive: To overcome misery and to seek more happiness. This instinct is not only common to #mankind but also to animals. This is where the quest to find happiness begins.
Amazingly, this very search for happiness is also the basis for YOGA.
What is true happiness? Let’s find out whether any of the below is true happiness.
Objects of enjoyment: The stuff we do every day; our cup of tea, favourite food, nice cars, party, company of another human being… Think about it, and you realise that all the happiness from objective enjoyment seems fleeting and short lived and we end up looking for more and more? Is happiness a mirage that seems like it is disappearing as soon as we think we achieved it?
Does happiness increase when we increase the objects of enjoyment? Buying another car, it should give more happiness. But does it ever happen that way? It seems to follow the law of diminishing returns.
Is happiness STANDARD, so that it is same for every person for the same objects of enjoyment? No, it doesn’t look like that. It seems to be subjective.
Is it same across the globe or varies from community to community based on location? Doesn’t look like that either.
Well then, let’s see what #happiness is not.
It seems logical that happiness is not in the objects of enjoyment because:
Let’s look at stages of meditation - #Dharana, #Dhyana and #Samadhi. When you go through these stages, you train your mind to go thoughtless. If you stay longer and further in that state, you begin to touch the layers of pure consciousness. Happiness is #silencing of the #mind. It is the experience of that pure consciousness, the thoughtless state.
The Upanishads propound that the original state of SILENCE is also the causal state of the entire creation, the Brahman. This is where you can explore the states of LISS, #FREEDOM, #KNOWLEDGE and #CREATIVITY… and achieve Real HAPPINESS.