The Same Stream of Life – July 17 2019

The Same Stream of Life – July 17 2019

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.

And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

Rabindranath Tagore

A: ‘Why is it so hard to find happiness?’

B: ‘We all look in the wrong place. We keep going to the hardware store and ordering pizza. And end up disappointed. They’re never going to have it, no matter how nicely or how often we ask.’

A: ‘So where can I go for happiness?’

B: ‘The Veda says as long as we believe happiness exists “out there,” we always will be at the mercy of the world. We’ll never find it. Happiness is within. Happiness is what we are. Fulfillment is what we are, in our least excited state. This is what is meant by, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.”‘

A: ‘Okay. That’s all well and good, but what do we do? If it’s right here, within, but we’re not feeling it, how do we find it?

B: ‘We stop ignoring that still small voice. Stop telling ourselves we’ll be happy as soon as ‘x’ occurs, as soon as I have enough money or fame or the right girlfriend or boyfriend or whatever. We start simply with the idea that happiness is a choice.’

A: ‘And?’

B: ‘And we meditate. Study. Read something on a daily basis to remind ourselves of our true nature. Find some way of looking at the world each day that is other than the status quo, other than our habits of misery and unhappiness. Stop and feel what’s inside, right now. Read Tagore and ask if we can feel what he feels in his poetry.’

A: ‘And how long will it take? To have this happiness within?’

B: ‘How long do you want it to take? Choose to have it and it’s yours.’

Today I will choose to be happy, no matter how absurd that may seem. I will choose to look at the facts of my life and accept them exactly as they are, without wishing them different. I will accept my place in this infinite flow of life and I will allow myself a moment of giddiness from the thrill of the possibility of true happiness in my world.

Four Boys, Veerpur, Uttarakhand, India