The Nature of Happiness

A very interesting subject is the nature of happiness. Some years ago we were doing spiritual work in a community setting. It’s so easy to sit on the mountain and be happy but we were in a car discussing happiness, whilst we were all trying to figure out how to put the lights on.


Suddenly, a wise person in the car who was just sitting quietly in his chair said, “It’s very simple. If you’re happy, you’re doing the right thing, if you’re unhappy, you’re doing the wrong thing. Whatever you do make sure that you’re doing what makes you happy; if it makes you unhappy, you’re doing the wrong thing.”


Someone in the vehicle threw in a very wise comment, not understanding anything but the only one with the courage to say, “I don’t understand.”


“What if your happiness causes misery for others?” he continued.


This question left the wise person a little bit confused so he meditated all night to try to resolve this problem and replied in this way.


“Creation is neither good or bad, of course it’s not dualistic, it is just what it is. What makes it dualistic is the human mind, needing to see its own point of view.


I love this woman because she’s pretty, because she’s fat, because she’s thin. What is the woman? She’s just a woman. For one person she’s a mother, for another person she’s a daughter and for another person she’s a sister.


So we walk down the path of life but we only notice the pretty woman. Do we notice the stones we’re walking on? Do we notice the grass? Or what is in truly in front of us, limitless light?  What then is creating our misery, the limitless light or the nature of our mind? Do you understand?


Well, I continued meditating, then I saw a tree, a wonderful tree. Little birds were singing wonderfully on the tree and during the midday sun the little birds were hiding under the leaves so that they could rest in the shade. When the day continued the men were discussing philosophy under the tree trying to understand the true nature of happiness and then they disagreed so there was a big war to try to find the true nature of happiness and the man who understood happiness was hanged on the tree.


What does the tree do? It is just the tree. Limitless light. The mind creates it’s own problems. The tree is completely unaware, completely unconcerned with this problem yet it creates the self, which creates the illusion, so our attachment is not to the mind, it is the quest for real happiness.


Do you know what happiness is? If you want to wait until all your desires disappear, how long will you wait? Till tomorrow? Till you see another beautiful woman? You will wait for a very long time…do you understand? True happiness is right here and you’re very lucky because you suffer and then you think the problem is in God and you think God doesn’t care, he has more important things to worry about! What does God do? He sends down spiritual masters so that they can do the work and answer questions about happiness and then the spiritual masters try to describe what happiness is, and they make no sense and they talk about birds and trees and limitless light and then they smile and they say, “What is happiness? If you’re happy, you’re happy, if you’re not happy, you’re not happy.” What should I do? Be happy.


So what is happiness?


– It’s not a state of mind rather it comes from the inside.

– Where is the inside?

– In the heart.

– Where is the heart?

– It’s our interior, how we feel things.


Here we have the mind, playing another game as we try to find the heart and the interior, the desire is endless, it goes on forever. What’s the secret? To be happy. When you’re happy what are you doing? You are being the limitless light because limitless light is pure joy, endless happiness and then the pretty women and whatever else outside makes no difference, it’s all the same because you are happy.