We create our own misery

by Prabhuji

It is our seeking to escape from suffering, and our searching for reasons to be happy, which creates misery… We are unhappy because we are yearning for something, but when we obtain it, the suffering is born that comes from the fear of losing it. Anyone who has attained some happiness in this life gives birth to fear. Anyone who believes he is happy bears within himself hidden anxiety…

Let’s say a family wants a new car very badly, and both the parents work very hard to save money. The children are not given new toys, and when they ask for them, they are told that it is impossible at the moment, because the parents are saving for the new car. After several months, finally, the automobile stands there, in front of them. They all feel that sweet sensation of happiness in their heart… But, let us stop for a moment to analyze what happened… Does this sensation come from the metal…the rubber…the glass? What is it that produces this sensation that we call happiness?  It originates from the simple fact that the ambition and the desire for the car has disappeared. What this family experiences is the absence of desire, which will lamentably, in due course, give birth to the fear of losing the object of their joy…

But it is a fact that misery is produced in the search for happiness. In other words it is the seeking of pleasure that creates the main obstacle to the experience of bliss…

In the holy Srimad Bhagavad-gita (2.55) it says:

 Sri-bhagavan uvaca

prajahati yada kaman

sarvan partha mano-gatan

atmany evatmana tustah

sthita-prajnas tadocyate

“The blessed Lord said: Oh, Partha! One becomes situated in the state of pure transcendental consciousness when he abandons all varieties of desires for sense gratification, which are products of the mind, and after being purified, finds his satisfaction in the Self alone”.

Bliss is absolute, it does not need any opposite in order to exist as a pair; it does not belong to the world of duality. It is not of the mind…

Enjoyment or happiness is always due to something, for some reason. In contrast, bliss is not about having something, but about being… to realize absolute bliss you do not need any reason, because bliss is simply what you are…

It is natural, because it is your authentic nature…

To realize yourself as bliss is simply   realizing your own dharma… the very essence of what you are…

To be… here… now… is to be bliss…

Our real and authentic nature is Sat, Cit and AnandaAnanda means bliss… We are bliss…

That is to say, there is only one reason for misery, which is our ignorance about what we really are…

We create our misery by seeking bliss…

Searching for bliss only proves our ignorance of the fact that we are what we are looking for…

The Chandogya Upanishad (7.1.3) says the following:

Tarati sokam atmavit

“Only he who knows the Self transcends misery”.

Misery is exceedingly easy and simple. It is not very difficult for the mind to enter into misery. However, it seems to be that bliss is reserved only for the talented ones…

Misery is easy for the mind quite simply because the mind itself is misery…

The mind dissolves to the extent that bliss is revealed. In a state of absolute bliss, all mental activity completely disappears.

For this reason, we can observe that every once in a while we need to create a problem for ourselves and if we do not have one, then we go looking for one.

As bliss increases, mental activity decreases: this is what we callshanti or peace. Internal silence is the absence of the mind.

Tarati sokam atmavit… “Only he who knows the Self transcends misery”, says the Upanishad… Only by going beyond the mental level, only by transcending the mind will we realize yoga, bliss, the Divine…  willwe know the Self…

Dear spiritual seeker, seeker of the soul, remember that you must not create an idea or concept and call it “enlightenment”… “God”…Do not convert your spiritual life into the pursuit of a new reason to be happy…God and enlightenment are not reasons or causes to be happy…The realization of your true and authentic nature, enlightenment, or God, is absolute bliss in itself ..Do not search for reasons to be happy… search only for yourself, because there is one and only one reason for bliss, and this reason is you… simply realize yourself…