Tuesday, 9 March 2010

About Happiness :)
 I want to share whith you what my thoughts are about the subject, happiness.
Even thou my process of discovering what happiness is and how to find it involved reading the baha'i  writings first and after some time, in fact years, finding these videos, I will put first the videos and then some things that got me inspired from the baha'i writings, about this subject.

Srikumar Rao says we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, even as we strive for happiness. He says how to break free of the "I'd be happy if ..." mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness. Wich implies that we have happiness within our self.

 Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

“Happiness consists of two kinds; physical and spiritual. The physical happiness is limited; its utmost duration is one day, one month, one year. It hath no result. Spiritual happiness is eternal and unfathomable. This kind of happiness appeareth in one’s soul with the love of God and suffereth one to attain to the virtues and perfections of the world of humanity. Therefore, endeavor as much as thou canst in order to illumine the lamp of thy heart with the light of love.”

(Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 472)

“As to spiritual happiness, this is the true basis of the life of man because life is created for happiness, not for sorrow…This happiness is the fundamental basis from which man is created, worlds are originated, the contigent beings have existence and the world of God appears like unto the appearance of the sun at mid-day. This happiness is but the love of God.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West, Vol. VII:16, 31 December 1916, p. 163)

“For what pleasure can compare the pleasure of bringing joy and hope to other hearts. The more we make others happy the greater will be our own happiness and the deeper our sense of having served humanity.”

(Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 45)

Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty."

(Baha'u'llah,  Hidden Words, )

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