March 2016 By Anandmurti Gurumaa Once we realize that joy is our inherent nature, we would rely on ourselves to be joyful instead of seeking it externally, says Anandmurti Guruma Like a fish cannot live without water, similarly human beings cannot live without joy. Joy is within the inner recesses of our own mind, but somehow it gets reflected only when we have fulfilled some conditions. When this happens, either by chance, coincidence or strategic planning, we think we have found joy. Although it’s difficult to define joy in words, we could say that joy is anything which stops the mind from thinking. When the mind is not clamouring, waiting or hoping for anything to happen, when for a fleeting second there is sheer fulfilment – that experience can be called joy. A child finds it in toys, a young girl may find it in her glamorous dress or her slim figure, a boy might find it in the company of a fantastically beautiful girl friend, and for the elderly, it could be in the chuckles of their grandchildren. So external situations could be absolutely different, but what happens deep in the mind is exactly the same – the mind comes to a standstill. The problem is that the very nature of the mind is fleeting, changing, moving, transitory. Therefore, one moment you have joy, but the next moment, hour or day, it vanishes. Hence the unsuccessful pursuit of joy once again begins. Now you have it, now you don’t – just like a rainbow, it’s an illusion. We think that if we get a promotion, or transfer, or get married, or maybe divorced, have a child, or or if our children would leave us alone, we would be joyful. This is the tendency of the human mind. The wise person rises above this whole vicious cycle of waiting-hoping-getting by being aware that it is not things, but the stillness of the mind, which gives joy. Unfortunately, most believe that joy is always outside of them. But shouldn’t satisfaction be the hallmark of true happiness? Because even if you are sitting in heaven, if your mind is dissatisfied, you will not be joyful. If we can learn to make our mind calm, still and in equipoise, we can experience happiness whenever, and wherever we want, on our own free will. If we can learn to make our mind calm, still and in equipoise, we can experience happiness whenever, and wherever we want, on our own free will. Hence we cut the shackles of slavery to any person, object or status, and this is the most liberating thing one can do. And once one has happiness, it’s always in abundance because joy never comes in droplets; rather, it’s a gushing waterfall, overwhelming the person who experiences it. And there is plenty to share. If only this truth could be understood by one and all, our society can become a society of liberated persons, irrespective of religions, nationality, race, political ideologies, theism or atheism. Once you know that, you can become the creator of joy. Just by bringing contentment, stillness and a very refined intelligence, you become the lord of your own happiness. About the author: Anandmurti Guruma is a modern-day non-sectarian spiritual master with lakhs of followers of all denominations. Her Rishi Chaitanya ashram is in Gannaur, Haryana
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