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What is the Key to happiness?

The world today is plagued by so many problems.  Life has become so much stressful these days. In the run for materialistic luxuries, we often fail to think and fulfill the needs of our soul. And what is the result of all these? We have acquired most of the materialistic luxuries of the modern world but our soul still cries and craves something to get attached to. Something which gives us peace, a moral security, something to hold on!

   We all have gone through many rough patches in our lives. Life is not at all a bed of roses; rather most of the time the path appears to be full of thorns. In the words of the great poet Shelley, we all fall upon the thorns of life and we bleed. Since childhood, we all experience fear, pressure, stress and failures in many forms. And with time, the magnitude of these problems increase manifold. Childhood days get over very fast and the days of youth come knocking the door! Love is in the air. But that too, is not a child’s game. Every couple starts their relationship with dreams of an ideal one. But most of them end breaking up. They part their ways, promising themselves and each other not to face each other again in lifetime. This has become a routine affair in our lives. With childhood gone, comes the responsibilities; more stress and pressure. Along with that, comes guilt from the past, prangs of broken dreams and ambitions. Life becomes a living hell all of a sudden. Some, failing to compensate with these, feel the need to end their lives. No wonder, the rates of suicides have been on the rise as compared to past few years. Gradually comes the old age. With it, comes life full of guilt and sorrow. And ultimately we end up unhappy till the grave.

        What is the solution? To refrain and abandon everything and get on a jungle safari,being a monk? There is a more simple way than that. The one word solution to this life long problem is SURRENDER. No, I am not asking to surrender or yield in front of the circumstances. Rather, take up the sword of life and fight with the sorrows with full strength! But there are times, when we feel low, dejected, out of form. That time we are reminded once again that not everything can be bought by money and not everything can be achieved by material comforts. The craving for soul is eternal. As I said earlier, to attach with something or someone who can put a balm of relief over our wounds. Someone whose love dictates us, goads us to good. Someone whose love never falls short irrespective of how many times we ignore His wishes or act against His path. That “someone” is the pivot of our life. The central point, the ideal. Following Him gives us relief. Obeying His commands, gives us pleasure and saves us from many different complexes and dangers in life. As I have said earlier in one of my prior articles, that we encounter sorrows in life whenever we get away from the Ideal and be a servant to the complexes. So, naturally Ideal can not be just any Tom, Dick or Harry! The Ideal must be Himself above the complexes, free from boundaries and limitations of materialistic affairs. A drowning man can only be saved by a person standing on the shore. The one, who is himself drowning can not save another man’s life. The ideals are such “lights of God” ; the love incarnate, the “Christs” as I said. Following the commands of such great men, we understand what love is, what life is. Their commandments are like handbooks to learn the art of living. To enjoy this beautiful gift of life gifted by God. These lights of God, are the ideals. The same spirit, the same light shines through many different forms, each according to time, place and circumstances. Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammed all are the lights of God. The same light is transmitted throughout the globe in the form of their love. They can not be bounded or limited by organizations, sects or vested interests of people. If we desire to be truly happy, we must at first, surrender ourselves to the Ideal. To submit our will to God, by walking upon the path shown by the ideal is the key to be happy. 

Without this simple way, there can not be any other path to happiness.

Also see my earlier post Secrets of Happiness.