My definition of happiness has changed over the years. Happiness that we talk about normally is not a state of bliss but an egoistic trip as a result of your feeling that you are better off than others around.
Happiness is remaining in sanity, quiet and calm in the best as well as the worst of times. It is a state of mind when one is immune to good or bad developments. We are all familiar with the story of a girl belonging to a poor family. A prince fell in love for her charm and smile, and married her. But the girl could not be happy in the environment of riches and stepped out of the palace and the prince’s life.
Her hut alone could give her comfort and peace of mind.
The lesson: Happiness is a state of mind when you are at harmony with what you have and not with what you should have. One’s needs and greed never end; one has to know the limit that helps one maintain harmony.
One’s state of mind is influenced by internal as well as external factors. It could be on cloud nine if one wins a lottery, but in the pit if one gets some depressing news. That is where when one comes in conflict over the meaning happiness.
Happiness can be realised by getting into deep meditation, according to a new book on meditation, Buddhist Meditation, by Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Meditation, he says, is an effective instrument in transforming one’s mind into a “void” — a stage of bliss when one realises consciousness of the realities of life. Momentary state of excitement and happy feelings as a result of some subjective ‘win’ or ‘gain’ is best avoided.
He says Buddhism recognises four types of perception. But what matters for happiness is consciousness and yoga through deep meditation and one-pointedness of the mind. This enables one to achieve the kind of wisdom that knows the Truth.