HAPPINESS

Feb 14, 2015

by ANN HOLADAY | in AYURVEDA - YOGA - SPIRITUALITY and SPIRITUAL QUESTIONNAIRE


LOVE, HAPPINESS AND FORGIVENESS are feelings which we all face at some time in our lives but they don’t become real to us until we experience the opposite feeling. In other words we don’t necessarily appreciate love until its gone, we don’t understand happiness until we experience unhappiness and we don’t always learn how to forgive until we are forgiven. 


Happiness It’s difficult to explain happiness and even more difficult to define it. If you were survey a hundred people on their idea of happiness there would be a hundred different answers.

In the West, happiness tends to be defined by the media and advertising as “having”. In financial advertising you never see people looking miserable, they always have a big smile as they will be living happily ever after with security, money in the bank a nice, house and the ability to spend. 

Adverts always show happy smiling satisfied customers because they “have”. Every advert tempting you to buy their product depicts happiness, from clothes to houses, to cruises, even educational advertising plays on the human desire to be happy. 

We are continually led to believe that happiness lies in romance, one couldn’t possibly be happy alone. Yet the reality is most romantic relationships end, marriages end in divorce and a large number of people are alone.


But are these really happiness? According to the Vedas, these examples are of negative happiness and are described as material sense pleasures. Material happiness creates a disturbance in the mind and when we get relief from it we think we are happy. It is like an itch, when we scratch it we create a disturbance and feel relief. Desires cause agitation in the mind and you only get relief when you satisfy them, but it is not happiness.

Neutral happiness is when we are in a deep, dreamless sleep when there is no disturbance in the mind. In a dreamless sleep the body is resting, the mind is functioning in an involuntary mode and we are our true self in happiness and peace. True happiness is when we know this place and realize this is our true self and who we really are. 


Babies are full of joy and happiness, it takes nothing to make a baby break into peals of laughter, there isn’t anything quite like a baby laughing. So this tells us we are born to be happy, but it doesn’t seem to last very long.

Where I volunteer in India the local children come to us we teach English and give them food. These children have absolutely nothing in terms of material things, they have no toys only each other to play with and whatever they can find. I could never say that these children are unhappy, they maybe poor but they don’t know misery. They have a spirit that I don’t see in children in the West, they sing and dance, create their own games, laugh and are eager to learn.

Money does not buy happiness - the best things in life are free. No one can make us happy and things won’t make us happy either.


To quote Sri Sri Ravi Shankar “The wise are happy with what they have and happy with what they don’t have. Fools are unhappy with what they have and with what they don’t have. Misery is not given by anyone or anything in life, it is the mind which makes us either miserable or happy”.


 

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From the sayings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - According To Ayurveda & Yoga - Ann Holaday 

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