Happiness - we love you, we need you!!
- If I had to some up the goal of my spiritual life in one word, than I
would have to say that 'happiness' encapsulates my feelings.
Happiness we all want and we all need. If we go after the persuit of
our desires, or listen to what our mind or body wants us to do, we
can never be happy! Only if we unconditionally surrender to the will
of the Supreme can we truly be happy. As Sri Chinmoy says "If you
want happiness, spirituality is the answer. But this happiness will
come only if you are prepared to make the Supreme happy in His own
Way" (excerpt from Sri Chinmoy Answers, Part 1).
So why don't we listen to the will of the Supreme all the time if we
know this is the only way to find true happiness or satisfaction??
Good question!! I ask myself this question all the time. I guess the
only answer I was able to come up with is that we secretly cherish
our weaknesses or desires. We secretly enjoy chasing after things
with the hope that they will make us happy. Alas, they never do. What
we find instead is frustration and dissatisfaction! You would think
that one day we would learn that by not following God's will, we only
make ourselves miserable!! I guess there is something within us that
has this glimmer of hope that 'we ourselves' can create our own
happiness. What a delusion! Perhaps it is ego or pride. Perhaps it is
a sign of weakness and the need for self-transcendence to become more
stronger, purer and surrended!
I was reading a passage today by Sri Chinmoy about happiness and I
thought I would share it. It is most inspiring and illumining. Here
is the full Q&A (Excerpt from Sri Chinmoy Answers, Part 1 by Sri
Q: Should we think of happiness during our meditation?
Sri Chinmoy: "It is fine if you want to meditate on happiness. But if
you think of the pleasure-life during your meditation and call it
happiness, then it is like misusing a knife. Instead of cutting a
mango and sharing it with others, you are only stabbing yourself.
During your intense meditation if you are getting pleasure from
undivine thoughts or cherishing wrong forces or ideas, then you are
only increasing their intensity. So, be careful. When wrong thoughts
come during your meditation, if you cannot control them, then just
stop meditating. Go and drink a glass of water or do something else.
You have to ask yourself what you want from the spiritual life. If
you want happiness, spirituality is the answer. But this happiness
will come only if you are prepared to make the Supreme happy in His
own Way. No matter how many ways God pleases you, you will not be
happy if in one particular way you are still displeasing God. God is
ready to make you happy in your own way over and over again, in
hundreds of ways. But your soul's love of God is such that if in even
one way you fail to please Him, your soul will not be happy. And if
your soul is not happy with your body, vital, mind and heart, you
yourself can never be happy. Your soul wants to be extremely,
extremely, extremely proud of you. If your body, vital and mind do
the wrong things, your soul tries to discipline these unruly members
of its family and inspire them.
You are in the spiritual life because you want happiness. If the
spiritual life did not bring happiness, who would be such a fool as
to practise spirituality? When you become in tune with God's living
Breath, when you enter into God's Breath and become part and parcel
of it, happiness becomes your inner and outer name and you get
infinite ecstasy and infinite delight.
Real meditation is to make your Inner Pilot happy through obedience.
This is one meditation that is most effective: to listen to your
Inner Pilot. If you listen to your Inner Pilot cheerfully at every
second, then there can be no inner fever-no fear, doubt or jealousy-
for you have no time to think of these things."
Happiness and love to you all!