ART OF HAPPINESSThe Prerna festival held on 31st of May, 2008 was attended by over 850 boys. Thefollowing is an excerpt of the lecture delivered by H.G. Gauranga Prabhu.Happiness is not about physical acquisitions or social prestige. Happiness is a state of mind and a state of being. If we compare human beings to a computer, the human mindwhich is like a hard disk is corrupted by viruses of lust, anger, greed, envy, pride andillusion. The anti-virus software – The Hare Krisna Maha Mantra – must be applied andthe manual which helps us to do that is the Bhagavad Gita.Simply material achievements cannot give one fulfillment. George Harrison, thefamous Beatle, after he reached the pinnacle of his career commented, "If only I couldtravel the length and breadth of India like a mendicant, I am willing to give away all mywealth".The ESCAPE formula for happiness:· E – Give up unreasonable ExpectationsThis material world is like a hospital and not like a hotel. Unlike a hotel where one getstreatment as per one's desire, in a hospital treatment is as per the desire of the doctor.Similarly, in the material world one can not expect everything to go as per one's liking;material nature is doing whatever is needed to treat our diseased condition.We should come out of the illusion that we are controllers. The tiny living entities haveonly the power to desire.· S – Follow right definition of SuccessThe biggest problem in modern society is that we are trying to follow a pattern in lifewhich we think is the successful path. But actually, the people whom we are followingare themselves misguided. Therefore, first of all one should be guided by the right people,the devotees of the Lord. Success lies in not just getting the best but also in giving the best. We should imbibe the culture of putting our best in whatever we do and when that isdone in connection with Krishna, we achieve ultimate success.· C – Give up unhealthy ComparisonsComparisons are based on false ego and the false ego is the foundation of our materialexistence. Other religions teach how to give up sins but Srila Prabhupada also taught howto be free from the root of all sins, the false ego. One should compare with oneself andtake inspiration from others. One should learn to manage one's own system and not beaffected by the changing environment.