Transcending Happiness

By Prabhuji 

We think we are looking for bliss. However, the only thing we are doing is fleeing from suffering, though seems to us that this flight is the pursuit of happiness… While we are escaping distress it seems to us that we are chasing our joy…As we run from pain, it appears to us that we are striving to attain pleasure…

In the state of escapism, which is misery in itself, there is no chance for bliss…

You might escape from pain, but even if you do succeed, it does not mean you are happy. In other words, if you succeed, the most you can achieve is a lessening of your suffering… The fact that you are not suffering does not necessarily mean that you are happy, however.

In fact, we go around dancing, drinking, smoking, taking drugs, buying, acquiring, accumulating money, and we think we are happy. However, the only thing we are doing is trying to hide the misery… trying to hide our pain behind the alcohol, fame or riches; trying to hide our loneliness behind the sex…

Nothing external can provide us with happiness for the simple reason that happiness is not about acquiring something, but about consciousness…

It is impossible to escape from pain and suffering just as it is impossible to attain joy and pleasure, because bliss is only found beyond both of them…

If both happiness and distress are the same, are simply two sides of the same coin, it is unrealistic think that you can decrease or destroy one side without destroying the other side as well…

It is like wishing that we could increase the illuminated side of the moon, while at the same time decreasing the darker side…The moon as a whole has two sides, either you accept both, or you reject and leave both. Religion consists in this… in renouncing the pain, distress and suffering, which is not at all difficult, but also in renouncing pleasure, joy and happiness, which is a bit more difficult. Only by transcending the entire misery as a whole can you realize absolute bliss or ananda