Forthright answers required:
(a) We all have ups and downs but overall how really happy are
you? Mark on this scale where you think you are at this point in your life:
Unhappy Sometimes Happy Always Happy
(b) Read below and mark the three things you plan to do to move
your score up a notch?
“The search for happiness gives impetus to life…
___ 1) All beings join the endless hunt for happiness but very few find it.
___ 2) This level of real happiness comes only after long practice.
___ 3) Sporadic, halfhearted attempts to achieve happiness do not succeed.
___ 4) Those who do achieve everlasting happiness have found the key to ending all sorrow in life!
___ 5) We can understand happiness in terms of the three guna forces of nature.
___ 6) Sattvic happiness is the serenity of mind that meditation brings. It is the sweet joy that comes with Self-Realization.
___ 7) Like all things good, it is hard work in the beginning and sheer joy later, bitter at first but sweet in the end.
___ 8) The sweet fountain of lasting bliss flows from Atma, the True Self Within.
___ 9) You can find this bliss only inside through abhyasa yoga—constant, steadfast, unremitting practice at being happy.
___10) Rajasic happiness is just the opposite of sattvic happiness—it is sweet at first, bitter later.
___11) This ‘happiness’ is the temporary pleasure obtained from the contact of your senses with objects in the world.
___12) Pursue this (rajasic) type of ‘happiness’ and you,
like almost everyone, invite the pain that always, always accompanies worldly pleasure.
___13) Relying on one’s senses for enjoyment, especially
if it becomes compulsive and out of control, robs one’s strength, stamina, and capacity for spiritual growth.
___14) Spiritual wisdom fades when you seek happiness through the senses.
___15) Pleasure and its corollary, pain, are what one drinks
in the world; real bliss is what one sips within.
___16) Finally, Tamasic happiness is born of dark delusion.
___17) This dim ‘happiness’ is but a dull, non-comprehending, sleep-like existence, bitter at both the beginning and end.
___18) The only pleasure in tamasic ‘happiness’ is the meager satisfaction of sleep, or the perverse enjoyment that comes with idle pursuits and neglect of duty.” – Krishna
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