happiness forever

Happiness Map

Happiness Map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Siddhartha Gautama meditating.

Siddhartha Gautama meditating. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Buddha in Sarnath Museum (Dhammajak Mutra) Loc...

Buddha in Sarnath Museum (Dhammajak Mutra) Location:Sarnath Museum, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Is happiness forever desirable? Happiness can only be understood in the context of sadness and without sadness happiness is a disease process leading to complications..
Saints have for long understood and propagated the happiness and sadness is a part of life and should be excepted in its entity.They explained in length that true happiness is not possible in this world and it is the desire to have perpetual happiness or bliss that is the foundation of all religions. Consider the case of Lord Gautama Buddha . Gautama Buddha was a prince of a royal kingdom and had a duty full wife.But seeing lots of worldly suffering made him sad.He became so depressed that he left every thing materially desirable to lead a life of a hermit.He sat under a tree in a catatonic posture for so long that people thought him to be dead. Then later on he suddenly became very enlightened and very happy(Many would call it a hypomanic switch) and developed the impetus to travel the country to lay the foundation of a great religion . Now let us imagine what would have happened had Gautama Buddha been born nowadays in the age of modern medicine.I bet in today’s age he would have been diagnosed as a case of bipolar illness and been given antidepressants followed by Electro convulsive therapy and mood stabilizers.He would have ruled a normal life as a king but his greatness would have been lost.His greatness was in his disease which made him behave the way he did.
Take the example of Sidney Sheldon the novelist. most of his creativity was during a bipolar high.similarly most of the creativity of Gautama was in his illness Of course it can also lead to complications. can we not see in the life of lady Diana the reckless flirtatiousness which consumes her and eventually destroyed her, or in the lives of Amrita Sher Gill , the noted writer.Or consider it in the live of our own big Amitabh Bachan ,that when he went into a depression , he would quote phenomenal amount for doing a movie; and later on do an advertisement for ‘navratan tel’ for a pittance . Every thing about man is written about on his forehead, meaning thereby all our mood states and behavior is written in our genes. So it is our fate and what we will and will not do is linked to our genes. This is irrevocable All the other things are relatively unimportant. our fates are sealed in our genes. The only thing to do is to use chemicals to change our mood states or to look for future in gene therapy As to what we can or not do to stay happy is out of our willful control as our lives and our thought process and our behavior are not in our control but in the control of our genes.
Though we may or may not consider the above examples to be a manifestation of disease process,but it leads us to believe that happiness and sadness are part of life of all of us,royals or commoners,and have it is them powers to lead us to greater heights,for the well being of us and the society.Therefore the quest of perpetual happness is not desirable and is a mirage_

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