Tuesday, 22 October 2013


A SOUL'S PERSPECTIVE,  explains why traditional approaches to happiness have failed and how happiness can be achieved by removing negative thinking from the core.

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 :

The mirage – illusion of the oasis

Since centuries, human beings have been trying to find a route to happiness by methods which are externally focused. We have been seeking to succeed in the external world, hoping we would find happiness with our efforts but usually, we get disillusioned because our vision of happiness turns out to be a mirage.
A mirage in a desert is an illusory picture of water. It gives travelers in the desert an indication that an oasis is nearby.

Similarly, our success gives us hope that happiness is nearby, but in  life, we keep finding mirages, not real water. The oasis of happiness seems to move further away inspite of passing one exam after another to meet the demands of traditional success. But,  following success or power or fame does not automatically lead to happiness.

As a human race, we have focused on technologically developing the tools of happiness, but we have not yet found how to develop happiness, per se. It is as if we are desperately trying to catch our nose from behind the head when it can be caught easily from the front.

From our soul’s perspective, we are taking unnecessarily challenging roads to happiness by seeking external success, money and power while grossly ignoring our soul needs of evolution.

Yet, empirical evidence proves that these traditional routes to success have failed in leading us into a happy world.
In spite of the technological kingdoms that our industrialists have created, we face the same jealousies, fears, betrayals and traumas as people did thousands of years back, for example, when Cleopatra was alive.

Kingdoms have largely been replaced by democracies and battlefields by boardrooms but the manipulative power games continue.
We seek to be successful managers, teachers or doctors without caring about whether the paths of success we pursue help us feel more content or compromised, within ourselves, as souls!
In the rat race to succeed, happiness is usually left far behind as we choose to be like rats running after cheese than peace, forgetting that we have evolved above being just animals.

As long as we stay limited to thinking that buying external objects of comfort and security would ensure our happiness, we would somewhere fail to evolve above our animal ancestors who were purely focused on the external gratification of their bodily needs.

Due to the empirical evidence available, we can’t blindly follow the methods of pursuing happiness which have been founded by our ancestors, because our history does not prove that humanity has led an emotionally successful existence. Instead of finding peace, health or happiness, with our comfort levels rising on the physical plane; our levels of stress, tension, loneliness, diseases and depressions have risen, over the centuries.

It may seem daunting to change our conventional methods of thinking. Yet,  the established route of finding happiness, focuses more on the negative, than on the positive, aspects of life. But, this focus on the negative aspect of life, i.e., on what is missing in comparison with another, virtually, reverses the process of reaching happiness, individually, or as a whole.

A shift of basic thinking towards focusing more on the positive aspects of life, than the negative, becomes necessary to reverse the damage on human thought which a war torn history, has already caused.

Human thought is influenced by habit and tradition. If we focus on the energy or feelings underlying our thoughts, we would realize that we have been thinking the same way over centuries , and repeatedly manifesting the same emotional experiences, though the external form of our world has changed.
Thus, swords were replaced by guns and horses by motorbikes but the underlying intentions still remain the same.
Our traditional role models have been war heroes who killed others to survive themselves. It may be noted here that on a practical plane, our role models are not our Gods. That is because we worship Gods but we do not try to be them. We place Gods on a pedestal of superiority, miracles and sacrifice and we ask them for blessings and gifts; while we try to be like our mortal war heroes who acquired fame, power and money in their competitive pursuits.

But, there is no account of whether these warriors became happier by appropriating greater wealth or fame in external terms. Or whether the wars they fought helped people become more emotionally equipped to fight their internal traumas and evolve as souls?
The money which came from wars was usually used in fighting more wars, than in upliftment of human consciousness towards better management of survival needs.
Emotional betterment was left to chance as we looked for happiness outside the mind.  Is it possible to be unhappy, sad or craving for love within and find happiness outside by eating or drinking? Can just pleasing the body make us happy when we are life-force creative particles in our essence?  If being animal  like was satisfying , why would we need  to evolve towards creating happiness, as souls in a physical experience ?

The ever increasing restlessness in societies, the rise in domestic violence, criminal tendencies, alcohol and drug addictions, medical bills and incurable diseases , prove that escaping the needs of soul evolution does not help. But, we are conditioned into believing that the soul does not exist, and that only earning money, fame or power matters in creating happiness.
Charles Darwin proposed the theory of Survival of the fittest for animals but human beings still operate on that principle, by habit, because they feel they have to win by being above others in terms of money, which essentially represents food and shelter.
The unconscious insecurity continues from the animal mind that for one to live, another has to die – be it physically, financially or emotionally. That is the basis of competitive thinking.

Yet,  being competitive has not led the human race towards higher levels of happiness, peace or ethereal positivity. To be happy, from within, as souls, we need to discover our humaneness as distinct from our animal instincts.

Hence, we probably need to change the definitions of success which we glorify as part of our mental conditioning from childhood. Because of social pressures, we train ourselves to compete with others, to be what everyone else is and that whole mind-set makes us compromise on our needs of soul evolution.
At an internal level, there are pangs of having failed even when we feel externally successful because we fail to achieve that happiness, which we incarnate to achieve, as souls.

Changing our core thinking to positive is not easy because we become habitual to sacrificing our soul needs to be happy , presuming happiness to be a compromise, as defined by traditional doctrines. Yet, each time we compromise because of fear of not having in the future, we focus on the negative aspects of life.

Initially, redirecting our thinking feels like relearning the alphabet .But, at some point, we need to realize that we cannot continue with the negative ways of thinking, simply because we are conditioned into them! Our method of coping up has not helped us since centuries of trial and error in finding the happiness we seek through our efforts.
That we have achieved a state of balance being the way we are, does not mean that we are in an optimum state of balance. Since, we feel more helpless, anxious and sick than healthy, happy and at peace on an average; it means that we are balancing ourselves in a non-optimal, negative state of being.

Generally, it is owing to beliefs embedded in mass consciousness and stored in the subconscious levels of our minds, that we tend to get misdirected. These beliefs overrule our individual sensibilities about what constitutes happiness.

This book aims to spread the soul’s concept of happiness by facilitating an understanding about what happiness means for each soul self, as contrasted with traditionally held mass beliefs of what happiness should mean.
By making attempts to know that which specifically resonates with our individual sensibilities, and contrasting it with the values conventional thinking and mass culture hold to be true, we arrive at the dynamics of an underlying internal language influencing our perceptions and expectations, as contrasted with an externally imposed language.
The intention is to develop awareness of the inner workings of the soul mind, so that it can help us remain positively expectant through the ups and downs of life.

As will be explained in the book, remaining positively expectant is critical to realize the feelings of happiness we seek to experience through our externally oriented efforts.
The thinking and assumptions embedded in mass consciousness will be deliberately challenged, leaving it up to each person to determine what holds true for them individually. 

Each of us, while free to believe or discard any statements encountered in this book is actively encouraged to take note of personal imagery found to be associated with a meaningful and happy life. (For example, for one person the image of happiness may appear as realizing one’s talents while for another happiness may mean having a surfeit of consumer goods.)
In this process of developing awareness of one’s innate self, each one of us will be discovering what s/he truly believes in while closely examining the operative concepts and assumptions drawn from mass culture and conventional wisdom, which have been unconsciously followed.
 As ‘each’ soul realizes individual happiness, we can contribute towards the creation of a happier world as a whole.

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