How is Happiness Your True Nature?
Happiness is your True Nature, for it is the substratum of your existence.
Happiness is the beginning, the middle and the end of your origin.
It is your essential being. This is not a cold, self serving happiness. A happiness that does not include others. It is who you really are.
You are like the sun. This is your Divine Origin. Pure joy. The sun actually pales in comparison. The clouds come in front of the sun. This is the material world experience. You look at the clouds and you say, “There is no sun.” Then you identify with the clouds. You begin to believe that all there is, is clouds. Sometimes a little sun peeks through. And this is your ‘reality'. You have forgotten to look beyond, to the sun behind it that never goes away. The clouds will come and go, but the sun remains. In this light, God is the sun. God is within you. The spiritual practices are the practices of removing the clouds and understanding that the sun is the Omnicient Reality. The clouds are an illusion. They are temporal. The sun is eternal. Unalloyed Happiness. To this you return.
This does not mean that everything in the material world will always go your way. This depends on your past actions. On the measure to which love is your motivation. This will change your experience in the material world. While you are in the material world, every thought, action, and word will have a repercussion. And when this returns to you, you will call it the clouds. The clouds of your life. For you see, the sun is Love. Pure Love. Omnicient, all-pervading love. And it is your obligation to become a manifestation of this love. That is the quickest path out of this illusion.
Anything that you do out of unconditional love for someone else, will awaken your True Nature. As a result of this, your life will begin to see the clouds disperse. The sun will become more apparent, because you have made the effort to negate the little, human self, the ego. And you and live according to a higher vision. You will cease creating negative repercussions to your actions, for you will begin to live in unconditional love. You will live in the light of the eternal sun.
This is why I say that while you are unfolding, spread sunshine to all you meet. This is a manifestation of your True Nature. Everything else will pass away. But love is eternal. You can practice the most austere of disciplines, see a multitude of teachers, and be able to debate the scriptures until the cows come home. But if you are not a loving person, if you have not got the human ego in check and are living correctly, you will not reap the rewards of your efforts. You are fooling yourself. So many people think that they can do spiritual formalities, paths, say they are ‘enlightened', and continue to hurt other people. This will not work.
For happiness is your True Nature. There is nothing else. But understand what happiness is. Happiness is pure, unadulterated joy, compassion, selflessness. Yes. Selflessness. Some people do not like that part. That is why the simple person who leads a good life of self sacrifice and good deeds will progress more quickly than the spiritual aspirant who thinks only of himself. Me. Me. Me. When will I be illuminated? When will I be happy? Happiness happens. It just happens. When you are living correctly the illusion fades away, and there is a joy. There appears a sense of brotherhood with others. But you must do the work. You must allow your True Nature to surface. You must make an effort. Allow the clouds to disperse. Do not identify with them.
How do you do this? There is a world out there. There is apparent suffering. This does not mean that you block this all out and ignore the suffering of others. This will only intensify your own suffering. It is a gentle process. You will not progress by coldly alienating yourself from love. Instead, you observe the inclinations, the habits, the motivations that are not originating from your True Nature, from love, and your do not act on them. You do not pay them one iota of attention. Let them go by. Some of these habits you observe may seem deeply ingrained, They may be from childhood, or even before. But this makes no difference. As long as you do not act on them, they have absolutely no hold over you. Do you see? This is beautiful.
Soon, they will cease to appear. They only have the power you give them. When you are no longer engaging in any actions that do not arise out of love, you are no longer creating clouds that block your experience of your True Nature of unalloyed Happiness.
And you naturally want everyone to experience this.
Then something funny happens. You find happiness in alleviating the suffering of others. I am not talking about puffing yourself up as a teacher or some search for recognition. I am talking about a gentle path. Of helping others. Without seeking reward. This is the happiness of the saints and sages.
Once you experience this you can never go back again. Everything else seems insignificant. And you realize that your True Nature is the same as everyone else's. An ever present, non- changing, all pervading Happiness. And this happiness never goes away. For this is how you were meant to live. Right here. Right now. Not in the future. Not on a mountaintop. But today. Until then, until you can honestly experience this, not as a show or in words, but in experience, consciously become as loving as you can. This is the first step. And it is the only step. For none of the others can exist without it.
And as the clouds that are obscuring your true life begin to disperse. You see that temporal events can become vehicles for your True Nature to emerge. If you handle them correctly. With love.
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