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Why are We Unhappy?

Om Swami New Post: Why are We Unhappy? Why are We Unhappy? Posted: 16 Jan 2015
04:30 PM PST Recently, I spoke at the 6th World Confluence of Spirituality, Power and
Humanity held in Kolkata. Dr. H.P. Kanoria,
Jan 17
Mahendra Joshi
Jan 18
QUOTE: What is a fear? It is just a thought! What is anger? It is just a thought! Every
thought makes us do the actions that we do. Every action binds us in new a Karma....and a
miserable journey of birth and death continues.
Divine is very simple: Purify the actions to purify the thought. Divine is very close to us...but
most difficult to achieve!!
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-----Here is a nice post by OM Swami
Why are We Unhappy?
Recently, I spoke at the 6th World Confluence of Spirituality, Power and Humanity held in
Kolkata. Dr. H.P. Kanoria, an unpretentious billionaire and a philanthropist at heart very
kindly invited me as a guest of honor for the second year in a row. Ive personally known
many extremely wealthy individuals, but very few like Dr. Kanoria who are committed to
make a difference to the world and invest a significant portion of their human and financial
resources in causes directly relevant to our society.
They wanted me to address the audience and share my thoughts on why is there so much
unrest in the world, and more importantly, is spirituality a panacea for happiness? The faster
we are progressing, the quicker we seem to be derailing. The more comforts we acquire, the
more uncomfortable we get with our lives. More and more of us are becoming increasingly
impatient, distracted, depressed and dissatisfied with where, who and what we are. We are
doing everything we possibly can to be happy, to be at peace, yet happiness and peace look
like the ever elusive summer clouds. Why?
Personally, I think inner unrest, discontent and unhappiness are not the causes we need to
worry about. For, they are not even the causes to begin with, they are only the symptoms.
We are not dissatisfied because we are unhappy. We are not distracted because we are
impatient. These are like acnes on an oily skin. They blemish the skin but its the impurity in
the skin that has created them at the first place. So, if unrest, intolerance, violence,
impatience, unhappiness are not the causes then what are, you may ask? And whatever be
the causes, is spirituality the universal answer?
The truth is that the source of all good and bad in our world stems from one thing. In my
view, it is resistance. Just look around and youll find most of us lead a life of great
resistance. We are trying to resist other people, ideas, circumstances, beliefs, situations and
everything else we want to avoid. And, this leads me to the crux of the matter: what do I
really mean by resistance? Here, in simple terms:

Almost every one of us has only two key problems in life. They are, in fact, the only two
challenges. Eliminate these and there is no resistance, unhappiness or stress. First: people
want something that they dont have. Be it health, wealth, power, love, attention or anything
else. Second: they have something that they dont want. Once again, be it anything. We sail
through, often against the winds, a life of several decades constantly working towards what
we think we must have in our lives or evading what we think we shouldnt have.
From this ideology of wanting what you dont have and avoiding what you dont like,
originate the demons of unrest and unhappiness. They are the result of an inner turmoil,
they are born out of resistance, they are the outcome. And, any outcome is not determined
by our preferences or desires, it is but sealed by our actions. Therefore, resisting the
outcome is foolish. You must focus on the path. If you are sailing in the sea, sooner or later,
the waves will get choppy, they will rock your boat. God wont make the sea calm just
because you are praying for it in the middle of the ocean. He cant afford to because
countless aquatic creatures lives depend on those tempestuous waves.
You cant fight with Nature, its scale is too immense. But, unfortunately, in great ignorance,
vanity or pride, thats exactly what most of us are doing. Does it mean we should accept
everything lying down? And is it wrong to want something, you may contend? The answer is
no. There is nothing fundamentally wrong in trying to shape your life a certain way or to
want something from it. But, we must remember that we are responsible for our desires,
choices and actions.
Even if you are not happy with your present, the truth is what you are today is what you
once wanted to be, who you are today is exactly who youd once aimed to be, what you
have today is what youd once wished for. Everything you have today is what youd once
asked for. And, most of what you are facing today is the result of manifesting those
thoughts. It is easy to forget but its the brutal truth. If someone is struggling to pay a
mortgage, chances are they own a house they once wished for. Nature gave them a house,
but repaying the home loan is their personal obligation. Nature might give them a car
because they once wanted it so desperately, but they are responsible for creating the means
to pay the insurance. You might have hoped for a beautiful, intelligent and loving partner,
but you have to do your bit to have them keep wanting you (a lot of which depends on their
own priorities, by the way).
Spirituality is the art of being one with nature so you may draw from its vast reservoir, its
limitless resources and become a potent medium to carry it forward. In doing so, you are
enabled, empowered and rewarded beyond your wildest dreams. Above all, you are blessed
with peace and happiness. So, yes, spirituality is not just a panacea, in fact its the only
panacea. Because spirituality is transcending your ego, it is going beyond religion and
concepts, it is replacing your individual thought with the cosmic consciousness. It is yoga,
union, of the highest type.
The question then is how to be one with nature? Well, Swami has an answer for you. On my
priority list is a task I aim to complete by June 2015 (if not earlier) that will address this
question and show you the simplest possible way for this day and age. Without the slightest
exaggeration, I am telling you that Ill unearth a great secret for you. And no, its not a book
in case you are wondering.
Stay tuned, if you trust me. Or if you are curious. Or, even willing to experiment. But, believe
me only after validating what Ill share with you.

-Thank you
Mahendra Joshi
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