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Happiness quotient

india Updated: Oct 22, 2011 02:36 IST

Human beings can distinguish between good and bad because of their consciousness, and when in trouble they can find a way out. No one likes to live in misery and suffering, far less human beings, whose consciousness can find means of relief.

Life without sorrow and suffering is a life of happiness and bliss, and that is what people want. Everyone is in quest of happiness; in fact it is in people’s nature to seek happiness.

But in their search for happiness, people are attracted towards physical enjoyment. They amass wealth and try to achieve power and position to satisfy their desires for happiness.

One who has a Rs 100 note is not satisfied with it and tries for more and more. One wants a million, and so on.

It is also seen that a person having influence in a district wants to extend it over a province, provincial leaders want to become national leaders, and when they have achieved that there creeps in a desire for world leadership.

Thus, one can say mere acquisition of wealth, power and position does not satisfy a person. The acquisition of something limited only creates the want for more, and the quest for happiness finds no end. The hunger for possessing is unending. It is limitless and infinite.

What then is that infinite, eternal thing which will provide everlasting happiness? The Cosmic Entity alone is infinite and eternal. And the eternal longing of human beings for happiness can only be satiated by the realisation of the Infinite. In reality, behind this human urge is hidden the desire for attainment of the Cosmic Entity.

It is the very nature of every living being. This alone is the dharma of every person. The word dharma signifies ‘property’.

The nature of fire is to burn or produce heat. It is the characteristic of fire and is also termed the nature of fire. Similarly, the dharma or nature of a human being is to seek the Cosmic Entity.

(Edited extracts from Ananda Marg Elementary Philosophy by the writer whose 21st Mahaprayan Divas ---physical departure from worldly abode, falls today.)