We are all looking for happiness. Whenever we make a choice in our lives, it is with the hope that it will bring us happiness. Never in our entire life have we made a choice in the hopes that it will bring us despair and suffering. We are always looking for the path that will lead us to happiness.
Yet, despite our many years of looking, how often do we actually find happiness? And when we do, how long does it last?
For most of us, the answers to these questions are not often enough and not nearly long enough to satisfy us – which is why we are still looking for the place where our happiness lies.
Fortunately, finding where our happiness lies is not difficult if we understand who we are. For who we know ourselves to be determines where we look for happiness.
So who are we ?
According to the ancient yoga scriptures and other bonafide scriptures of the world, we are not the material body or mind – we are eternal spiritual beings temporarily wearing the material mind and body. The gross physical body can be compared to outer clothes and the mind or subtle energy body can be compared to under clothes. Just as we are not the clothes we are wearing, we are not the material bodies we are wearing either.
Although material things and activities can stimulate superficial and temporary sensations of pleasure in our mind and physical senses, they cannot actually touch us – the non-material self within the material “clothes.” This is why we can have so much wealth, fame, power, beauty, etc. and still be unhappy and unsatisfied. This is why we can accumulate more material goodies than we can possibly utilize in a lifetime and still feel hungry for more. When we feed our body and mind with a desirable taste, smell, sound, touch, sight or thought, whatever pleasure we experience stays on the level of the mind and body. It does not reach deep enough to nourish us, the spiritual self within the material mind and body. This is why we can experience so much sense gratification and still feel empty deep inside.
Because we are made of spiritual energy, not matter, only that which is also spiritual in nature can actually nourish us and fill the longing in our heart of hearts for meaningful connection and happiness. To be truly happy and fulfilled, we need to connect with our spiritual Source.
In the ancient yoga system, the recommended method for consciously linking up with our spiritual Source is mantra meditation. A true mantra is not something anyone makes up. It is the Absolute Truth in sound vibration. This spiritual sound vibration descends from the spiritual platform to the material world without losing any of its potency.
In mantra meditation, a person hears and chants or sings this spiritual sound and thus is directly linking up with the Supreme. The more we hear and chant these Vedic sound vibrations, the more deeply we connect with our spiritual Source – which has a profound purifying effect on our consciousness.
Through daily practice of mantra meditation, our hearts and minds gradually become purified of material misconceptions and develop real wisdom. And as our consciousness becomes free of artificial ideas and attachments, we are able to understand what is actually nourishing and fulfilling for us, and adjust our focus accordingly. Within our true spiritual nature and the loving relationship with the Supreme that is inseparable from it, we find the deep and meaningful happiness and love that we have been searching for all our lives. Not only do we come to know, in this love, where our happiness lies, but we come to know where it lives.