There’s an old Chinese saying proverb: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else” Happiness, peacefulness and emotional fulfilment are within our grasp but we need to know where and what to reach for. The overwhelming message of the world we live in is that all these personal qualities and more can be reached through the one-eyed pursuit of fame, fortune and beauty. However, the persistent finding in a growing body of contemporary research, which in fact exactly mirrors the ancient wisdom of the Yoga movement, is that the pursuit of these mundane goals doesn’t actually lead to happiness but rather, the opposite is likely and suggests that altruism — a selfless concern for others and for the community — may pay off in a way that fame and fortune etc won’t and can’t. It seems that the more we turn our focus from our individual self interests and widen our concerns to embrace the welfare of others and society as a whole the better off we and those around us will be! Join Nityananda Das and Jayadharma das in very casual, unscripted yet thought provoking discussion exploring the idea of where to find Happiness. They will be discussing this subject from a spiritual perspective and also referring to the teaching of ancient yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and saintly teachers. Jayadharma das and Nityananda das has been a long time practitioner of kirtan meditation and bhakti yoga for over 20 years having learned this science from the renowned Yoga Master Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda.
Re means again, incarnate means to be inside flesh in blood. Reincarnation means to be again inside flesh and blood and take on a material body. Often it is difficult to understand how reincarnation works when we identify with the material body.
How much control do we really have? Everyone wants to have control in their life hoping that this will bring them great happiness. We have our plans and ideas of what we think will work to bring us more happiness and contentment in life.
Many of us come to a crossroads in our life where we question, is this what my life is really all about? We begin to wonder, where do I fit and who am I really? This is such an important question for us to ask because we all want to be happy but how we identify ourselves actually determines where we are going to look for our happiness and our satisfaction.
New Year’s has passed and so have many of our buoyant resolutions but so what! We are all optimists by nature but what is that nature? Are we simply beings having temporary experiences and relationships in the space we currently occupy and when our allotted time ends everything dissolves into nothingness including us? These are questions that thoughtful individuals ponder from time to time . The answer in short is a resounding no ! We are in fact eternal , ever optimistic ,full of happiness and perfect just as we are ! Of course our body’s and minds are mired in imperfections and impermanence but you and I, the incumbent within the body and its animating force are indeed perfect. The goal of yoga meditation is a much travelled path aimed at revealing this reality , not just philosophically but its actuality and in so navigating this journey one l gradually acquaints oneself with one’s true infinite and joyful nature.
What does it mean to be enlightened? How do l know if someone is really enlightened? What are the aspects of the knowledge required to attain it. From the Bhagavad Gita and other authoritative Vedic texts, we can understand that there are 3 levels of understanding , regarding enlightenment. One being perfect, the next being more perfect, and the third being completely perfect . To be fully enlightened means to know all 3. Being enlightened refers to having knowledge of the Absolute Truth, The Original Cause or God, as he is referred to. He is known by 3 different aspects, which then differentiate, a persons level of understanding, relationship and knowledge.