Learn to Be
Be Happy Right Now
Every living creature wants to be happy. To be happy, people seek something: money, power or sex. But even after getting it one is not happy. God wants to see us full of enthusiasm, joy, compassion and happiness. Creation wants to see us happy. Yet we keep on postponing our happiness.
A child thinks he will be happy when he goes to college. Once in college he thinks he will be happy when he starts earning. Then he thinks he will be happy once he is married. And the story goes on and that special day never comes! All of one’s life is spent in preparing to be happy someday in the future. It’s like making a bed all night but having no time to sleep.
There are two ways of looking at life. One is thinking, “I will be happy after achieving a certain objective.” The second is saying, “I am happy, come what may!” Which one of these do you want to live?
If you look at your own life you will find that life is 80 per cent joy and 20 per cent misery. But we hold on to the 20 per cent and make it 200 per cent! It is not a conscious act, it just happens.
Your senses are trying their best to find happiness for you all the time. But the senses have their limitations. How much music can the ears enjoy? How much food can you eat even if it’s utterly tasty. The senses get tired too. You can feel sad without a reason. But you don’t need a reason to be happy. Happiness is your nature. But you are unable to experience it because you are searching for it outside.
It’s like the story of a congregation of fish, who got together to discuss who among them had seen the ocean. None of them could say they had actually seen the ocean. Then one fish said, "I think my great grandfather had seen the ocean!"
A second fish said, "Yes, I have also heard about this".
A third fish said, "Yes, certainly, his great grandfather had seen the ocean".
So they built a huge temple and made a statue of the great grandfather of that particular fish, saying, “He had seen the ocean. He had been connected with the ocean.’’ Our search for happiness is like that.
What are you waiting for? Instead of preparing to be happy, be happy now and resolve to remain naturally happy. God is trying his level best to see you happy. He has created so many things for you to be happy. But God only helps those who help themselves. So everyday make a resolution. “Today, I am just going to be happy, come what may. I will not let anything disturb my happiness. I am going to be contended and happy.”
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