Mind & Happiness 50
Our greatest Love is only for our self, & it is for our own sake that we love other people & things. We love our family, our friends & our possessions because we feel that they are ours, & because loving them makes us feel happy. Our Love for our own Happiness is inseparable from our Love for our own self. Because we love our own self above all other things, we desire our own Happiness above all other things.
We love & desire whatever makes us happy, & we dislike & fear whatever makes us unhappy. All our likes & dislikes, all our desires & fears, are rooted in our love for our own Happiness, which in turn is rooted in our love for our own self. Why do we love our own self more than we love any other person or thing ? The reason we love certain other people & certain other things is because we feel that they make us happy, or at least can make us happy.
That is, we love whatever we believe can give us Happiness. If we know that something does not make us happy, & cannot make us happy, we do not feel any particular love for it. Is not Happiness, therefore, the fundamental cause of all forms of Love ? Is not all the Love that we feel for various people & things in essence only our Love for our own Happiness ? Do we not love only those things that are potential sources of Happiness for us ? Therefore, since we love our own self above all other things, is it not clear that we our self are foremost among all the potential sources of our Happiness ?
In fact, we are the only true source of all our Happiness, because whatever Happiness we seem to derive from other people or things arises only from within us. Since all our Happiness ultimately comes only from within us, is it not clear that Happiness is something inherent in us ? In fact, Happiness is our own True & Essential Nature. Therefore, the reason why we love our own self more than any other person or thing is simply that we our self are Happiness – the fullness of perfect Happiness, & the one Ultimate Source of all the various forms of Happiness that we seemingly derive from other people & things.
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“There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.”
– the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome – Ajata Vada
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