How to Gain Happiness – 3

Now what is the means to happiness? The answer to happiness is – having the aim of attaining the sentient Paramatma (God, Supreme Being) and lawful and righteous conduct (according to Dharma). The purport is that when our conduct is according to Dharma and when we have no desire to get anything else besides that which is gained lawfully according to our rights, then only real happiness can be attained. This takes place when one renounces and becomes generous.


If we renounce those things that we think will give us happiness, and want to generously give these to others, and at the same time we do not wish to take anything from them, then those things will on their own become abundant and the takers will become few.  At that time, as fruit of our generosity, the divine powers will complete their work, by which things will be abundantly produced and protected. In this way, happiness will spread in the entire universe.

As the mind moves away from inert objects, having the sentiments of renunciation and generosity, it becomes engaged in the sentient God. When the sight moves away from the inert, it will enter into the sentient on its own. Then the main concept that was held in the mind that there is happiness in these things, will be wiped out. And on understanding the sentient God as an embodiment of consciousness and bliss, when aim will become determinate and firm on God, then the Jeeva on it’s own will become enlightened and blissful.
In such a state, on seeing such a great man, by listening to his lectures and by his touch, other beings also experience happiness, then what to speak of himself being joyful? He who gives up his selfishness, wishing the welfare of the people at large, and in return does not want to take anything at all, he alone is truly happy.
‒From book in Hindi `Jeevan ka Kartavya’ by Swami Ramsukhdasji