Happiness, With What it is Connected?

When you constantly fear and doubt to loose happiness, try to know the cause of that happiness, with what it is connected, and if it has some cause, then it is considered as temporary happiness, because if we remove the cause, happiness can also be removed. So don’t look for any cause to be happy, but just choose to be happy. Choose to be free from every such bondage, not easy though but everything starts with practice. We need to understand our own selves better; bondages are only there because there is someone to overcome them, otherwise they would not exit. Try to understand your doubt, fear, and anxiety, with what it is connected and will it help in any case to bring better things? Your happiness will always be yours as long as you live purely in it.

Have a good day/night ~ Vikas

  1. Last line is absolutely true
    Happiness reflects beauty in its purest form

  2. I’m curious Vikas, is happiness such a great goal to have? Happiness is, after all, a very shallow feeling. No one, and I don’t care who they are, can be happy if, for example, a drone bomb just wiped out their family? There house just burned down. Their child died, etc. No one can be honestly happy when they find out they have cancer. I don’t believe people can live “purely” in happiness – for that they’d have to be cut off from the reality of their world and there own reality and that’s just not healthy. There is an aspect of well being however that can be achieved, and lived within, that surpasses any happiness, and that’s joy. Happiness, however it’s shaken, depends totally on external circumstances. Joy is a state of mind brought on by living the compassionate life. Happiness is a selfish striving; joy is the result of living unselfishly. My experience anyway.

    • I think it depends on how we define happiness. Happiness is not getting what you want. The moment you’re conscious that you’re happy, it is not happiness.

      • OK, now I know what happiness is not. But what is it, then? How would I know when I’m happy, assuming that I wanted to be in such a state?

        • Quoting J Krishnamurti, The Book of Life:
          Remembered happiness is only a sensation, a reaction for or against the present. What is over is not happiness; the experience of happiness which is over is sensation, for remembrance is the past and the past is sensation. Happiness is not sensation. What you know is the past, not the present; and the past is sensation, reaction, memory. You remember that you were happy; and can the past tell what happiness is? It can recall but it cannot be. Recognition is not happiness; to know what it is to be happy, is not happiness. Recognition is the response of memory; and can the mind, the complex of memories, experiences, ever be happy? The very recognition prevents the experiencing. When you are aware that you are happy, is there happiness? When there is happiness, are you aware of it? Consciousness comes only with conflict, the conflict of remembrance of the more. Happiness is not the remembrance of the more. Where there is conflict, happiness is not. Conflict is where the mind is. Thought at all levels is the response of memory, and so thought invariably breeds conflict. Thought is sensation, and sensation is not happiness. Sensations are ever seeking gratifications. The end is sensation, but happiness is not an end; it cannot be sought out.

        • OK, so now I know a whole lot more of what happiness is not. But the K conclusion would make me conclude that happiness is a chimera: it simply doesn’t exist since any knowledge describing it, or any feelings related to it cannot explain it or touch it.

        • I don’t think happiness as illusion.
          Quoting Alan Watts:
          The “primary consciousness,” the basic mind which knows reality rather than ideas about it, does not know the future. It lives completely in the present, and perceives nothing more than what is at this moment. The ingenious brain, however, looks at that part of present experience called memory, and by studying it is able to make predictions. These predictions are, relatively, so accurate and reliable (e.g., “everyone will die”) that the future assumes a high degree of reality — so high that the present loses its value.

          But the future is still not here, and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present. Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements — inferences, guesses, deductions — it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more. Happiness, then, will consist, not of solid and substantial realities, but of such abstract and superficial things as promises, hopes, and assurances.

  3. awesome blog 🙂

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