Everyone is looking for happiness. From conception, to childhood, youth, adulthood, old age, right up until our last breath, we are seeking to be happy. Not just temporarily happy – rather we seek happiness that lasts, that is deeply satisfying and fills us so full that we can rest our hearts and minds in it. We are looking for happiness so substantial that we no longer feel the need to go searching for anything else.
Everyone is looking for this happiness, but where is this happiness to be found?
We know quite well where we can find temporary happiness. It is easy enough for most of us to find flashes of temporary pleasure in watching a movie, eating a delicious meal, playing a game we like or engaging in some other favorite pastime. It is easy enough to find temporary pleasure in being admired or respected by others for our beauty, talent , intelligence, mental or physical strength, riches, independence, or piety.
Material opulence – wealth, fame, beauty, power, knowledge, intelligence, renunciation – can cause us to feel a certain amount of pleasure, but no matter how much pleasure we get from them, we are always looking for more. We do not generally see fabulously wealthy, famous, powerful, or beautiful people, for example, turning down more wealth, turning down more adoration, turning down additional methods for making them appear more physically beautiful, saying: “No, no, please, I have enough already – I’m perfectly satisfied.” On the contrary, they often seem hungrier for these things than the person who has relatively little in the way of material opulence.
We have figured out that this or that thing will bring a little happiness, but what we often fail to understand is that trying to have lots and lots of this temporary happiness will never add up to the deep and lasting happiness we are looking for. Even if we could fill every moment of every day with this superficial happiness – with activities that would be pleasurable to our mind and physical senses – we would still not find fulfillment in them. Why?
Because the happiness that we are deeply longing for – is actually a different kind of happiness than the superficial happiness of the mind and physical senses.
The happiness that we are longing for is the happiness of the soul.
According to the ancient yoga scriptures and other bona fide scriptures of the world, we are not the physical body or the mind – we are eternal spiritual beings temporarily wearing the material mind and body. The gross physical body can be compared to outer clothes and the mind or subtle energy body can be compared to under clothes. Just as we are not the clothes we are wearing, we are not the material bodies we are wearing either.
So, all these material activities that stimulate some kind of pleasure sensation in the mind or subtle body and physical senses do not actually touch us, the non-material self within the body. The happiness we are seeking is not the superficial pleasure of the body or mind. It is spiritual happiness that we seek and only spiritual happiness that can truly fulfill us to our very inner core . When a person is fulfilled spiritually – completely happy and satisfied through loving connection with our spiritual source – he no longer seeks the ephemeral happiness of the material dimension because he is permanently situated in happiness.
In the ancient yoga system, the recommended method for consciously linking up with our spiritual source and cultivating the spiritual love and happiness that will completely fulfill us is mantra meditation. Since thousands of years sages have used these mantras for self- realizations . A true mantra is not something anyone makes up. It is the Absolute Truth in sound vibration. This spiritual sound vibration descends from the spiritual platform to the material world without losing any of its potency. In mantra meditation, a person hears and chants or sings this amazing sounds like this and thus is directly linking up with the Supreme.
Through mantra meditation, we begin to taste the sweetness of spiritual happiness. And with regular, sincere practice of listening , our hearts and minds gradually become purified of material misgivings and we experience the deep and lasting happiness that we have been searching for all our lives. We eventually come to realize that we can rest in this happiness because it actually replaces the emptiness in our heart of hearts with fullness.