Mankind is trying to become more comfortable and happy, be it better lifestyle and comfort, health etc. For the last 100 years many changes have taken place and especially in the last about 50 years the way of living the day to day life has bought immense comforts.
Life was the same for generations, for the last thousands of years, the real changes came after World War 2, science, technology and innovation altered day to day life be it transportation, telecommunication and lifestyle. Air-conditioned, weather controlled houses, glitzy transportation, state of the art toilets and bathrooms, exotic food and innovative entertainment at the press of a touch phone is a norm now. India, with probably the highest population on earth has no shortage of food thanks to advanced agriculture plus trading with other countries of food grains, pulses etc.
Having done such great advancement by mankind in technology, whether it is related to plumbing, Agriculture, computers etc but the levels of happiness and contentment instead of going on a higher scale has gone down. It is observed that 50-60 years ago we had higher happiness index, even though we did not have such comfort.
We were happy to take bath in cold water from a single tap in the bathroom, use bicycle as a transport, travelled in a non A/C train for days between North/South of the country and now with the most modern plumbing fixtures, swanky air conditioned cars for transport and a few hours journey in modern aircrafts. The question came, that we shared gloriously happy and smiling as compared to our earlier times travelling in non air conditioned trains but alas, I have observed, worrisome and tense faces with sorrow and anguish looming. We have more misery than what it was before but I wonder why? We have chosen the misery instead of happiness. We are solely responsible for it.
I had read somewhere that human beings are UNHAPPY .Something deep inside has gone wrong. They chose to be unhappy. Human beings can have consciousness, so they can choose to be happy or be in misery. Birds are simply happy because they cannot be unhappy. Their happiness is not their freedom, they have no choice. The bird chirping or flying in the morning is happy not because it has chosen to be happy, they have no choice, and they have to be happy.
Human beings have choice – to be greatly happy and blissful or be in misery and unhappiness. The choice is with them, they are safely responsible. They have chosen to be unhappy and living in their misery even though science and technology have given them the comfort parameters to the highest extent. Even if you have conquered all the riches of the world, and have not lost the inner treasure of being happy what is the use of this immense conquering of the world.
Nowadays there are meditation workshops, motivational lectures etc but all this is not for a happy person. Meditation is like a medicine given to an unhappy person. A happy person needs no religion, no temple church or mosque because the whole world is his temple. People go to religion when they are unhappy. He is fit and tuned with life and enjoys even trivial things like a fresh morning, birds singing on a tree or a sunrise he is with nature. He takes day to day life in the most playful way he has dropped all patterns imposed by the society.
Mankind and society doesn’t approve of happiness. A happy person is considered to be enjoying his life and anybody who is enjoying it is taken as irresponsible and a burden to the society whereas a serious person with a lazy face is acceptable. He also gets sympathy from others. It is a norm, that whoever says that I am blissful and happy is considered unacceptable. Folks go to temples, churches, Gurudwaras or Mosques begging for more and more. Isn’t it the greatest prayer that God is great and whatever he has given is also great and future (Which is yet to be born) will also be great.
We have been in misery in these modern times, that we are sick and tired of being in it so we desire to be in happiness and the very desire of happiness is causing misery. Desire is the future – one that is not born and by this destiny, we spoil our present “NOW”. Now is always happy. Just try your best to be miserable now. (Burying the past and not thinking of future) however you try, you cannot be miserable in this moment. So you suffer misery in the hope of distant pleasure by desiring more and more.
Absolute contentment gets you total happiness. Absolute contentment is the one which never leaves you. A contentment that comes and goes is contentment between two miseries, it comes and goes and is purely a gap between two miseries. Be real and see this pattern.
Try to understand your contentment, your happiness, your anguish, your ego trips – see your pattern. You can change yourself; all is in your hands.
Joy arises out of your own core-it is independence of an external source.
“Try to understand your misery. Go deep into it and try to know why it is there – you will discover that there is no misery.”
Entertainment cannot give you happiness, it is just a way to avoid oneself. Only a joyless person needs entertainment. As we see, we are getting more joyless, are addicted to the entertainment of “TV”, Films, Whatsapp etc….