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Happiness stroke

All of us want to be happy all the time. But how? Take it from Plato: “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself … he has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of wisdom and character.” VN Chhibber writes.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2012 23:14 IST
VN Chhibber

All of us want to be happy all the time. But how? Take it from Plato: “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself … he has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of wisdom and character.” To which the Dalai Lama added: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

The Buddha went a step further: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” It makes you unique.

We have great potential. A tree lives in a seed. A caterpillar becomes a butterfly. There must be a drastic revolution in your views and attitudes from outwardness to inwardness, from materialism to spirituality, and from human-centredness to god-centredness.

What happens then? Laughter bubbles out into your life. It may be that you have touched gentleness, but the spring appears in hearty laughter. Nothing should be too big or too small for you to handle. Don’t neglect simplicity. In the process of glorifying the ordinary you would ignite the inner urge to excel and inner strength to overcome adversities. There is a psycho-spiritual mechanism that works.

And as cheer strengthens, two things happen. First comes the tendency to touch the value in others. Second, the quality inside grows. The spring becomes a river and starts flowing through life.

The intelligent way, however, would be to get a favourable outcome not by trying to change what is outside you over which you have little control, but to change what lies inside you, over which you can exert wholesome influence.

Everyone has a purpose in life; no cause is smaller than the other and everyone needs to be carried along. Speed with service, life with love, progress with purpose, and utility with universal application ought to be your characteristics in dealing with people. Change your conduct and take the path of acceptance. In one stroke, you can convert conflict into coordination and cooperation, and misery into happiness.