Mind & Happiness 51
Our Love for our own self & for our own Happiness is not wrong. That Love is perfectly natural, & therefore unavoidable. It becomes wrong only when, due to our lack of correct understanding about where true Happiness lies, it impels us to do actions that cause harm to other people. Therefore, in order to avoid doing any harm to anyone – to avoid making anyone else unhappy – it is essential that we understand what true Happiness is & where our true Happiness lies.
In order to understand this, we must first understand more about our self. Since Love & Happiness are subjective feelings that are experienced by us, we cannot understand the True Nature of either of them without first understanding the True Nature of our self. Only if we understand our own True Nature will we be able to understand how the desire for Happiness arises within us, & why we love our own self & our own Happiness above all other things.
The converse side of our desire to be happy is our desire to be free from pain, Suffering, misery or any other form of un-happiness. What we all desire is to be perfectly happy, free from even the least form of un-happiness. In fact, what we call Happiness is just the state in which we are free from un-happiness.
Our Natural State is to be happy. Our desire for Happiness is our desire for our Natural State. Consciously or unconsciously, we are all seeking what is natural for us. For example, when we have a headache, why do we wish to be free of it ? Because a headache is not natural to us, when we experience one, we desire to be free of it. The same is the case with all other things that are not natural to us. We cannot feel entirely comfortable or happy with anything that is not truly natural to us. That is why we never feel perfectly happy, in spite of all the material, mental, & emotional pleasures that we may be enjoying. All such pleasures come & go, & hence they are not natural to us.
Whatever is truly natural to us – whatever is inherent in our essential nature – must be with us always. Since the physical Body that we now take to be our self is experienced by us only in our present Waking State, & not in Dream or in Deep Dreamless Sleep, it is not our Essential Nature. Likewise, since our Mind is experienced by us only in the states of Waking & Dream, & not in the state of Deep Dreamless Sleep, even it is not our Essential Nature. Because in Deep Dreamless Sleep we remain peacefully & happily without either our Mind or our Body, neither of them is natural to us.
Though this contention that we exist in the absence of our Mind & Body in Deep Dreamless Sleep may initially seem strange to us, & may therefore on superficial observation appear to be questionable, if we consider it carefully, we will clearly understand that it is not merely a dubious supposition, but is in fact the obvious truth that each one of us actually experiences in Deep Dreamless Sleep, as we shall see more clearly when we examine our 3 States of Consciousness in greater detail.
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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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