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Choose joy, not misery

columns Updated: Sep 16, 2013 01:11 IST
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The problem with most of us is that we know how to be joyful but don’t know how to sustain it. In other words, when outside situations become conducive, you tend to become a little joyful. But when they don’t work out, you get upset.

Outside situations will happen the way you think they should happen only if the scope and play of your life is very limited. Let’s say your whole life is just limited to a room – ninety percent of the things happen the way you want it, but 10% maybe out of your control. And, if the scope and play of your life becomes very big, let us say it spreads across the world, then only 10% happens the way you want, 90% is always out of control. So, if you become miserable whenever things on the outside do not happen the way you think they should happen, you will naturally curtail the scope of your life because it causes suffering to you.

The outside will never happen 100% the way you want it. Especially because it does not happen the way you want it, at least the inside should happen the way you want it.

If your body, mind, emotion and energy take instructions from you, you will keep yourself very joyful and blissful. Nobody would have to teach you, “Please choose joy, don’t choose misery.” You will not need a scripture like that. But right now, you don’t know how to exercise your choice because even the basic faculties of body and mind are not taking instructions from you.

And it is a matter of great concern. We are a spoiled lot; just to do simple things, we freak out. See what most of us are doing as a routine in our lives? Just earning a living. And, to do this, look at the kind of circus we get ourselves involved into: live to eat, reproduce and die one day. What a life, what a shame.