Power Of Happiness

Let me tell you a story that my Guruji once shared, a story of a fisherman and a businessman. While narrating the story, he said it was a classic story to remember.

To remember that happiness is not a possession but is a habit to be cultivated.
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We can stay happy if we are content with life.

So, Enjoy the storyūüôā

A businessman was walking down a¬†beach trying to clear his head. He saw a fisherman lying on the beach doing nothing. The fisherman looked happy and was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun. He noticed the fisherman’s boat had few large fishes in it and was curious at what made him happy.

He decided to find out why this fisherman was resting instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family.

‚ÄúYou should be working rather than lying on the beach!‚Ä̬†said the businessman

“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,‚ÄĚ the fisherman¬†said as he unloaded fishes¬†into a basket.

‚ÄúBut‚Ķ What do you do with the rest of your time?‚ÄĚ asked the¬†businessman

The fisherman looked up and smiled. “I¬†spend all the rest of my¬†time¬†sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúYou aren‚Äôt going to catch many fish that way.‚ÄĚ “you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!‚ÄĚsaid the businessman.

“What would I do then”asked the¬†fisherman, still smiling.

The businessman replied, ‚ÄúYou will make money and you‚Äôll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!‚ÄĚ

“What would I do then”asked the¬†fisherman again.

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman‚Äôs questions. ‚ÄúYou can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!‚ÄĚ he said.

“What would I do then” repeated the fisherman

“You could become a rich businessman like me”¬†said the businessman

Once again the fisherman asked, ‚ÄúAnd then¬†What would I do”

The businessman was getting angry. “Don‚Äôt you understand? You could then enjoy your life peacefully.” “You can spend all the rest of your time¬†sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset‚ÄĚ

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, ‚ÄúAnd what do you think I‚Äôm doing right now?‚ÄĚ

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Everybody takes away something from this story. My take away from the fable was that Happiness is not in Doing Everything Fun but in Noticing Happiness in Everything We Do. 

Anything that we consider fun to do is never the same,isn’t it? It changes as we grow. so, what we thought was fun as a kid is not fun anymore. Have you noticed that being a part of something fun does not guarantee happiness?¬†For example, if you love ice creams, just the thought of having¬†your favorite flavor¬†can make you happy but tell me, do you still feel the same intensity of happiness after the first two scoops of your favorite ice cream?

Our mind does not stay put on the ice cream for long. It wanders from the ice cream to something else and with that it take the happiness too. We all understand from our experiences that happiness cannot be derived from external conditions¬†but¬†is a state that depends on inner¬†conditions. If we can¬†make peace with our inner self then we can stay happy in whatever we’re doing.

YAD BHAVAM TAD BHAVATI
YAD BHAVAM TAD BHAVATI

The characters of the above story had different perspectives on happiness. The businessman was postponing happiness until his retirement and was miserable. The fisherman, on the other hand, believed in finding happiness in every moment.

Happiness in the PRESENT
Happiness in the PRESENT

In short, there are no excuses for staying unhappy rather we can cultivate the habit of noticing happiness in things we do. Trust me, if we¬†look for it, we¬†will find it in every damn thing that we do. We just aren’t looking, that is our only roadblock to happiness. Because we cannot always expect life to throw only fun and exciting¬†things at usūüėČ

Creator or His Creation

My friend and I had been debating over who is to be known-Is the creator or his creation?

All through the discussion, I felt the creator is best understood through his creation. And everything that we experience day in and day out is nothing but his creation. Creator is in the creation, isn’t it. Every fabric of his¬†creation has the creator in it. Say, if the creation is a cake. Then, why would I ask for a piece of it when I have the whole cake for myself.¬†So, if we appreciate¬†his creation then we understand him, was my argumentūüôā

Understand the Prakruti to understand the Purusha.

The knowledge gained of the Purusha would be incomplete without his Prakruti[B.G.13.3]. You can never worship the creator until you know his creation.

Why can’t we know the creator without interpreting his creation?
All sensory and mental faculties that we are endowed with can only apprehend the external world. The creator can never be comprehended through the faculties[B.G.2.18 APRAMEYASYA].

Then you may ask, why do we go looking for the Creator/Purusha?
We look for him because we fail to read his creation the way he created. You read a poem and say you like it. Can you tell me without a doubt that you understood precisely¬†what the poet wanted to convey. If that was the case, the great epic poems like ‘Ramayana’ would not have¬†multiple interpretations, isn’t it?

Then, how should we understand his Prakruti?
While we eat the cake, we experience the taste of it in every bite. Likewise, we have to love every bit of his creation without shunning it if we were to experience the Purusha.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Shl 27 and 35

Yavat sanjayate kincit sattvam sthavara-jangamam
Ksetra-ksetrajna-samyogat tad viddhi bharatarsabha //

O chief of the BhńĀratas, whatever you see in existence, both moving and unmoving, is only the combination of the Field of Activities(Body or Prakriti) and the Knower of the Field(SOUL¬†or Purusha).

Ksetra-ksetrajnayor evam antaram jnana-caksusa
Bhuta-prakrti-moksam ca ye vidur yanti te param //

They who, through the eye of knowledge, perceive the distinction between the Field (Prakriti) and its Knower(SOUL), and also the liberation from the Nature of being, they go to the Supreme.

Deep-Seated Subconscious Patterns- VASANAS

Have you ever wondered why two people interpret the same event in a different way?

Scientists say that every individual lives in his or her own perceived world, which is, in some ways, quite different from the real world. Now who would know the real world, even if there is one. It would be like one blind person asking another one about the real world, is it not?

Okay, let’s go back to our previous question on¬†interpreting the same event differently. Science has some answers , so do the Scriptures.

From the Bhagavad-Gita, I understand the process to be the below,

Sensory Faculties get the information to the MIND. Mind receives the information and interprets according to its Vasanas. This information is forwarded to the next in authority, which is the BUDDHI. Buddhi approves or disapproves of the information. Upon the approval of the Intellect, BODY acts. These ACTIONS again strengthen the Vasanas.

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If that is the process, then lot happens at the mind level depending upon the vasanas we carry. That makes two people look at the same object/person/event in a different or in their own unique way. Meaning OBJECTS/PEOPLE/EVENTS does not really have the power to disturb us. They do not make us anxious. Our IDENTIFICATION with them does the job.

When we associate with an object through thoughts, we successfully create a new subconscious pattern, VASANA which will drag our mind and we will have no control thereafter.

So that means Nothing in this world can bring us Happiness or Sorrow but our Identification with them.

Our individual mind creates, sustains and projects what it fancies in congruence with the mental impressions. With the same power, we can engage the mind-intellect in the contemplation of the SELF.

For the Intellect(Buddhi) to withdraw its identifications with the lower faculties, the senses, it needs to focus inwards-towards something which is more constant, unchanging, and omnipresent. This process is also called by our Seers as YOGA DHARANAM.

Swami Chinmayanada once said on the above-mentioned subject,
Pure awareness, poured into the moulds of Vasanas, when frozen with Ignorance becomes the multiple worlds of Name and Form-recognized, craved for and fought over to acquire and to possess-Everywhere by Everyone.

Ignorance will give place for knowledge only when we first pay attention to everything that is changing, evolving and disappearing before us. Inward-looking then would be a cakewalkūüėČ

The Cycle Of Samsara-Subtle Body

Sariram yad avapnoti yac capy utkramatisvarah
Grhitvaitani samyati vayur gandhan ivasayat
Srotram caksuh sparsanam ca rasanam ghranam eva ca
Adhisthaya manas cayam visayan upasevate
Bhagavad Gita. 15.8-9

The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas.The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, tongue, and nose and sense of touch, which are grouped around the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.

 

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  • Mind is a bundle of SAMSKARAS (Mental Impressions).
  • Samskaras cause VASANAS (Nature of the Subconscious)
  • Vasanas direct our TRISHNA (Desires). The less aware we are, the more likely our body will act according to our vasanas.
  • Desire lead to SANGHA(Attachment)
  • Attachment motivates the DEHAM to put the EFFORT
  • That experience will lead to either RAGA or DVESHAM (Likes or¬†Dislikes)
  • The powerful duo puts us back into the SAMSARA

KARTA, KARMA & KRIYA

I clearly remember the day when I decided to keep the fancy pen my teacher owned. For want of a better word for¬†stole, I am going with the other word ‘decided’ūüėú. I also remember everything that followed my decision.

I guess my teacher loved her pen as much as I did. She noticed the pen missing from her table when she gathered her stuff to leave the class. She panicked and put all of us in the search and we missed the short break that followed the class- searching for the pen that I had.

Know what you are thinking..Sumi was a¬†ūüėą¬†then.

I was scared to death to admit that I took her pen ūüėź. She was very angry at this point and asked us to stop playing the prank and to return her pen. She said if the person who stole it wouldn’t submit it, then the whole class gets¬†punished. Though the whole class witnessed the theft but they remained quiet.

The whole class was punished.

This memory pops into my head whenever I listen to Guruji speaking on Karta & Karma.

Imagine the following:

The Whole Classs Р  Jiva-Atman (YOU)
Sumi Р KARTA (who stole the pen/inner&outer faculties)
Pen stolen Р KRIYA (Act)
Punishment Р KARMA (that followed)

When Sumi stole the pen, Sumi should be the KARTA & BOKTHA.
The SELF or ATMAN needn’t take the ownership just like the class doesn’t own the act of Sumi.

My classmates were not involved in the ACT and did not deserve the punishment. They clearly knew I was responsible yet remained silent and thereby became the part of the ACT as well as the Punishment.

Just like my classmates, in everyday of our lives WE OWN the

  • THOUGHT of our MIND
  • ACT of our BODY
  • WORDS of our MOUTH

We know its the faculties in play yet we own all those by accepting and saying-I THOUGHT, I SPOKE and I GAVE. Because of that, we have to own the consequence that follows the actions of our Mouth, Body and Mind.

Next time when the Mind thinks, give credit. The same goes for the other faculties. They are there to help you and you are responsible for their actions. But you do not own their actions. Though I am responsible for the content on this blog, my hands are helping to document and hence they own the act.

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Clearly I am¬†no where involved in any of the activities here, I¬†witness the act.¬†The mind thinks, hands write and Sumi, the body is responsible for the act.¬†But that’s another story for another timeūüôā

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5, Shl 8 and 9

Naiva kinchit karomeeti yukto manyeta tattwavit
pashyan shrunvan sprishan jighrann ashnan gacchan swapan shwasan // 5.8  //
Pralapan visrijan grihnan nunmishan nimishannapi
indriyaaneendriyaartheshu vartanta iti dhaarayan  // 5.9   //

The knower of the Truth, being¬† centered in the Self, thinks `I do nothing at all’ – though seeing, hearing,¬† touching, smelling, eating, going, sleeping, breathing, speaking, letting go,¬† seizing, opening and closing the eyes – convinced that it is the senses that¬† move among the sense objects.

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The Concept of KARMA

“Speech is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Speaker
  The deed is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Doer
¬† Mind is not what one should desire to understand. One should know the Thinker.”
Kanshitaki Upanishad

‘I’ (the Atman) is the one worthy to be known. The ‚ÄėI‚Äô who owns the speech, act and thought

Even the 5 Why’s of the Root Cause Analysis will not get you to the root problem of the Karmic cycle. It is like a vicious cycle; your every Act, Thought and Word, has a short-term and long-term repercussion. Instead of getting to the root of this cycle, the ingenious would find a reason to save him from this cycle.

What is Karma?  

KARMA refers to both Action and Reaction.

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If we identify the CAUSE, we can CHOOSE to ACT and thereby have control over our ACTIONS but yet never over the RESULTS. [B.G. 2.47,51 ]So, advice is not to cling to the results of the action and to free ourselves.

Good Karma & Bad Karma?

The Gita points out that it is nearly impossible to differentiate between action that is meritorious and action that is not.

Who is behind this Karma phenomenon?

Krishna tells us in Bhagavad Gita that “Mayadakshena Prakriti, Suyate sa Characharam” [B.G. 9.10]

The Gita says, in the guidance of the ParamAtma, Prakruti with the help of Gunas creates and maintains everything that you see here. So, God has nothing to do with what you are bestowed here, good or bad.

Will Karma affect you?

If you think YOU are the KARTA (the agent of all kinds of action)then YOU will be the BOKTHA(the receiver of all the results of action).

The divine knowledge is Self-knowledge – YOU are nothing but GOD.

According to Gita, so many things should come together for you to act upon anything. Despite that only an ignorant man thinks he is the agent behind that action.

What should Guide the MIND?

The INTENT behind the actions is crucial. The Mind should act like an INSTRUMENT, not the DOER. Anything that you do with your mind, body, speech will never be completely 100% good. Think about it, you will know what I am talking about.

Remember EVERY WORK has INADEQUACIES 
[B.G. 18.48] Sarvarambha hi Dosena

For example, everyday chore¬†like bathing also comes with merits and faults. That doesn’t mean people will go without a bath. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta doūüėČ. Rather than burdening ourselves¬†by Merit or Demerit, every¬†thought/action should be guided by¬†Proper INTENT.

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Since, you are not the actor but a witnesser, can you choose INACTION?

Gita says you are neither the body nor the mind and thereby Activity or Inactivity doesn’t exist for you. But the bodily functions has to be maintained, so learn to be an observer (Inaction) in Action. [B.G. 4.18] [B.G. 3.4-8]. Moreover the action should be performed to clear the MIND and keep it in the Present [B.G. 5.11].

So, if you are the one who believes in KARMA then you are the one who DO NOT

  • Blame
  • Judge
  • Think you¬†are the DOER nor the¬†RECEIVER
  • Attach themselves over the RESULTS
  • Think everything will remain Constant
  • Have a Troubled¬†Mind over the Consequences
  • Rock as pendulum
  • Act with Expectations

 

Do you Believe in KARMA?

I just looked up on Karma on Google and was astonished to see many forms of karma, interesting few that met my eyesūüėČ
Fanpage karma, Social Media Karma, Page Karma, Campus Karma and many more-phew- let me stop thereCEQUySQWEAIy6vJ.jpg

We see a lot of quotes on social media and below are the posts on Karma that I see most often.

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But,

What is this Karma and Who does it?
Does it apply to us?
How can we get out of it?
How do we know what is good karma?
Good and Bad is so subjective, what is right according to Karma?
Who is behind this Karma phenomenon?
Is it God, then isn’t he partial because we see bad people enjoying good karma?
What all falls under the purview of karma?