42. The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind – Hidden Secrets Of Happiness

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Everyone in this world is seeking happiness. This desire is natural for all, because happiness is one of the three qualities of the soul or consciousness (eternity, knowledge, happiness). Therefore, the pursuit of happiness is the goal of life for every living entity. But while the soul exists apart from God, the idea of happiness is different for everyone and therefore, a way of life for all is different too. The purpose determines the means or way of life, leading to this goal.

Let’s look closer at the purpose and way of life correlation and consider the various objectives that people set for themselves in connection with their ideas of happiness.

It seems that the diversity of life will not allow us to consider all options. Still, it is obvious that the objectives are grouped in several main directions. And the Vedic methodology gives the principal explanation of all phenomena in this world. The Vedas say that matter is acting under the influence of three energies: goodness, passion and ignorance, which, mixing in different proportions, gives rise to the diversity of life. Let’s consider these three major influence in their pure form, and everything else will be variations on a theme.

Let’s start with the lowest quality – tamas or ignorance. In ignorance, a person does not know one’s nature, does not set any worthy goals, and therefore has a very relaxed lifestyle. He/she doesn’t have any ideal or a role model, which would have helped to mobilise his/her natural abilities.

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Therefore, these people are quite unfortunate in life and internally empty. If the activity is not positive and creative it is destructive. These people are on the path of self-destruction, without even knowing it. In the “Bhagavad Gita” (18.39) Krishna describes it:

“The happiness that blinds a person, depriving him of the ability to achieve self-realisation, which from the beginning to the end is illusory generated by sleep, laziness and illusion is called happiness in the mode of ignorance” .

Practically, it means that a person simply wastes one’s life, not knowing what he lives for. He is not interested in creation (passion), nor enlightenment (goodness). Such a person is jealous of active and successful people, and therefore constantly criticises them.

He considers those who are on the spiritual path to be crazy, but in fact he himself is abnormal. These ignorant people make the ballast factor of the society. It is this layer which is the most criminogenic. These people derive happiness in alcohol, drugs and excessive sleep. Because their own life is grey and boring, they like to live the life of TV series characters.

Colourful life on the screen is an easy escape from one’s meaningless reality. Depression, scandals, destruction of one’s health, and destruction of relationships are constant companions of those who are trying to find happiness in ignorance. But in fact, they simply run away from reality, as they can’t find a worthy occupation for themselves. In this way their escape from reality is their illusion.

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In the Bhagavad Gita (18.38) the happiness in the mode of passion is defined as:

“The happiness that a person experiences when his senses are in contact with the objects of the senses, which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end, is happiness in the mode of passion.”

This is the familiar type of happiness for us when we achieve tangible goals and when we can see, hear and feel things pleasant to the senses. So, the purpose of life under the influence of passion is the creative activity at best, but often it is hoarding, enjoying expensive things, achieving prestige, high status or external glamour. And what lifestyle creates such a goal?

This is a life, imbued with the spirit of rivalry, jealousy, selfish relations and diplomacy. A man under the influence of passion is stressed out, forced to dissemble and deceive, concerned about his false external appearance, and he sacrifices present for the sake of the future.

Another words, rajas or passion forces a person to over endeavour and always pretend to be someone else. Compared with ignorance, the standard of living in mode of passion is a big step in the direction of creation and progress.

But since the goals of life in the mode of passion are not consistent with the internal values of the soul and are simply imposed by the consumer society, in the long run they lead to frustration and devastation. The energy of the soul or the individual living entity is wasted on external achievements, but the soul himself received nothing. Therefore, we feel internally cheated. That is why it is said that happiness in the mode of passion at first is just like nectar, but in the end is like poison.

This means that rajas or mode of passion gives a short-term satisfaction, but then it gets boring. The main mistake that people make in the mode of passion is that they do not take into account the ravages of time. Time ages and kills the body and all the material that is associated with it. It devalues all false values. Therefore, even a seemingly successful person eventually loses everything.

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Happiness in the mode of goodness or sattva is perhaps the most obscure in purpose and the way of life that leads to this goal. Nevertheless, it is the closest to the soul’s interests or our true “I”.

“That which in the beginning may be just like poison but at the end is just like nectar and which awakens one to self-realisation is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness.” (Bhagavad Gita, 18.37).

So why does this type of happiness seem at first poison? Because when a person armed with knowledge begins to redesign his life, nutrition and bad habits, it’s not very pleasant to the mind.

This is similar to quitting smoking or drugs when the abstinence syndrome creates a sense of intolerable pain, as long as all the toxins still remain in the body. One simply has to endure a difficult period of transition to a healthier life, and then it will become natural.

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After the stage of purification of bad habits that what seemed to be poison turns into nectar. This means that for a man in passion and ignorance the spiritual life seems to be poison, just like sweet tastes bitter for a patient with hepatitis. And there is no other way to cure hepatitis but to take a sweet glucose, although the patient doesn’t feel the sweetness. When he recovers, the taste returns to the tongue.

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This type of happiness helps us to discover our inner self. This is the most important discovery of life that can not be done without spiritual knowledge. Without the sunlight, everything seems grey and faceless, but in the light of the sun precious gems reflect their true colours. But the light of spiritual knowledge helps us to see ourselves as an eternal soul and understand our eternal requirements.

In this way, the lack of goals (ignorance) leads to a destructive lifestyle and degradation. The false goal (passion) gives temporary satisfaction and frustration in the long run. The true goal (in goodness) allows a person to harmonise his internal and external interests. Ignorance should be brought to an absolute minimum. We cannot avoid the influence of passion completely. But with the help of spiritual knowledge, culture and practices we can elevate passions and subordinate them to the supreme goal.

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In order for a chick to be born it needs to break the eggshell. In order for a human being to get spiritually enlightened, one must break through the “eggshell” of illusory values.

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