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January 2, 2009

In Search Of Happiness

by Dev B

|| Me ||

Sometime I think why I am not able to find even a single happy face around me.  I generally ask this question to all. People start answering with a typical answer “I’m fine” but their answer ends with – “why should I?”. Even after asking this question to many peoples around me, I am not able to find an exact reason behind the hidden sorrow behind a smiling face. I can feel that somewhere it is related to expectations and worries.

Expectation from God, Expectation from friends, Expectation from family, Expectation from relative, Expectation from livings, Expectation from non-livings ………Expectation from each and every thing around us except expectation from our self. In the similar way, we are worried for every thing around us.

As a human, it is almost impossible to get off from expectation and worry but impossible it self says – I’m possible. Only hope for this impossibility is hidden in a contemplative life, which can be achieved through spirituality.If any body wants to be happy person then S/he must try to go deep inside the spirituality which is itself not easy. We can minimize our habit to keep expecting and worrying by maximize believe in asceticism.

Six paths of happiness are directly or indirectly mentioned in almost every spiritual text and they emphasize on asceticism.

1. Deny any reward or punishment for either good or bad deeds.

Every living and non-living entity in this mortal world, is just a puppet operated by the great puppeteer of the universe. We do what supreme power wants us to do. Humans are the favorite creation of Great puppeteer, he attached us with long strings and gifted us a tiny brain. Some thing like an artificial intelligence enabled robot which are controlled by human. Whatever good or bad we do should be rewarded or punished by supreme power. Who are the human to reward or punishment for either good or bad deeds of other? We all know this but we always keep thinking about reward for self and punishment for other which is a cause of suffering

2. We are powerless but  suffering is optional

We always follow materialistic power in terms of monetary, physical, social, political etc, to make thing favorable to ourself. We keep trying hard to make our life certain and painless. It is human who has chosen worrying and suffering. Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

3. The soul and  Pleasure-Pain are eternal

You can find a person in pleasure who has nothing and at same time you can find a person who has every thing but suffering with an unknown pain.  Suffering is “wanting what we can’t get” and “not wanting what we can”. World is full of pleasure and pain and its depends on individual that what S/he want to chose and how much. Thousands of lines has been written on the eternality of soul and obviously these lines have been read by millions but Do we ever able to believe in eternality of soul and certainty of death?

4. Death is certain, with death, all is annihilated.

“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” – Peter Tosh. Everyone wants to have a life of heaven, annihilated from all type of sorrow. We forget that with death, all is annihilated; one can achieve MOKSHA only after death. We all live with necrophobia that’s why we don’t want to die. This phobia is with us because we know that we will be rewarded or punished by almighty for our deeds and no one want to be punished. How can we come out from the fear of death? Answer is – by the avoiding evil inside and outside us.

5. Restraint can help in the avoidance of all evil.

Our ATMANA can be endowed, cleansed by and suffused with avoidance of evil, which exist inside us or out side us. We need a strong self restraint to the avoidance of evil. Each of us has willpower and with their willpower they can develop self-restraint. We lose our willpower because we think lots. We think every thing but we never think ‘yes’ (i.e. certainty). We always think either ‘not’ or not ‘not’.

6. Don’t think so. Don’t think in that way or otherwise. Don’t think not or not ‘not’

Today we keep thinking even when we are sleeping. We think because we are worried. We are worried about expectation from us and our expectation from other. We keep thinking what if we do ‘not’ live up to expectation. Our today is the tomorrow that we worried about yesterday. We are worrying because the act of worrying has become a habit. That’s why worrying became a reason of sorrow.

           

PS: Above mention paths are known as Amoral-ism, Fatal-ism, Material-ism, Eternal-ism, Restrain-ism and Agnostic-ism. I found all six paths are related and depends on each other.

 

This is un-edited and un-published draft version written by Dev B ,in early 2005.   Later article published in Shak-Patrika 2009 Aug edition.


     

November 4, 2007

My chat with GOD

by Dev B

What would you do, if on one fine day, when you were in the middle of online conversation with your best friend, some stranger pings you. While you would normally ignore such pings you seem to be unsure of what you should do with this one, because this person isn’t like any other normal stranger.

This time you were interrupted by someone who no one on this planet has ever seen or met, but he/she still commands great respect and billions of people across the globe worship him/her. You’ve probably guessed it by now, the stranger who comes online is none other than God himself. His conversation with you starts off in such a manner that you have no choice but continue the chat and soon enough the chat window between you and him is all that you can see. What exactly would be the content of such a chat, let’s find out :

God :  Hello. you called me

I, Me, Myself(IMM) :  Called you ? No, who is this ?
God: This is God. I heard your prayers . So i thought i’ll chat with you.

IMM: sure, I pray. Just makes me feel good. Actually, am busy now. In the midst of something.
God: What are you busy with ? Ants are busy, too.

IMM: Don’t know. but I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. It’s rush hour all the time.
God: Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.

IMM: Anyways, I still don’t get it, wasn’t expecting you to buzz me on instant messaging chat.
God: Well, what can I say. I’m more modern than you think I am. Now, do you have any questions to ask.

IMM: Yes, Please tell me why has life become so complicated ?
God: Stop Analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.

IMM: Why are we then constantly unhappy ?
God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because the act of worrying has become a habit. That’s why you are not happy.

IMM: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainity ?
God: Uncertainity is inevitable , but worrying is optional.

IMM: But then , there is so much pain due to uncertainity.
God: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

IMM: If suffering is optional , why do good people always suffer ?
God: Diamonds cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials. with that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

IMM: You mean to say such experience is useful ?
God: Yes. Experience is a hard teacher . She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

IMM: But still, why should we go through such tests ? why can’t we be free from problems
God: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons to Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance , not when you are free from problems.

IMM: Frankly, in the midst of so many problems , we don’t know where we are heading.
God: If you look outside you will not know where are you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. heart provides insight.

IMM: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the right direction.
God: Success is relative, quantified by others. Satisfaction is absolute, quantified by you.Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead

IMM: Sometimes I ask , who am I , why am I here ? I don’t know the answers.
God: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be . Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation.

IMM: How can I get the best out of life ?
God: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

IMM: Sometimes my prayers are not answered.
God: There are no unanswered prayers . At times the answer is NO

IMM: Thank you for ths wonderful chat. I’ll try to be less fearful.
God: Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystrey to solve, not a problem to resolve. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

As it turns out this is one chat transcript that you would always keep with yourself and surely it makes for a great read, especially on a weekend. So take care, have fun and have a great weekend.

– From Spiritual tree

This is not written by Dev B.

“I keep this article always with me  to get inspired and realize the values I believe in”. – Dev B