Tolle and Baha’i teachings on HAPPINESS TOLLE You…

Tolle and Baha’i teachings on HAPPINESS

TOLLE:
You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.

Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, “I am ruined” is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. “I have 50 cents left in my bank account” is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering.

See if you can catch the voice in your head, perhaps in the very moment it complains about something, and recognize it for what it is: the voice of the ego, no more than a thought. Whenever you notice that voice, you will also realize that you are not the voice, but the one who is aware of it. In fact, you are the awareness that is aware of the voice. In the background, there is the awareness. In the foreground, there is the voice, the thinker. In this way you are becoming free of the ego, free of the unobserved mind.

Wherever you look, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence for the reality of time—a rotting apple, your face in the bathroom mirror compared with your face in a photo taken 30 years ago—yet you never find any direct evidence, you never experience time itself. You only ever experience the present moment.

Why do anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. One small error, one misperception, creates a world of suffering.

People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness. They don’t realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look upon the present moment as either marred by something that has happened and shouldn’t have or as deficient because of something that has not happened but should have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in life itself, a perfection that lies beyond what is happening or not happening. Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is untouched by time.

The more shared past there is in a relationship, the more present you need to be; otherwise, you will be forced to relive the past again and again.

Equating the physical body with “I,” the body that is destined to grow old, wither, and die, always leads to suffering. To refrain from identifying with the body doesn’t mean that you no longer care for it. If it is strong, beautiful, or vigorous, you can appreciate those attributes—while they last. You can also improve the body’s condition through nutrition and exercise. If you don’t equate the body with who you are, when beauty fades, vigor diminishes, or the body becomes incapacitated, this will not affect your sense of worth or identity in any way. In fact, as the body begins to weaken, the light of consciousness can shine more easily.

You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you and allowing that goodness to emerge.

If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace.

Exerpted from Oneness with All Life by Eckhart Tolle. Published by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copywright © 2008 by Eckhart Tolle

BAHA”I

THE PROGRESS OF THE SOUL
Q ‘Does the soul progress more through sorrow or through the joy in this
world?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by
suffering. The more the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow,
the better the harvest will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth
deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation
free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a
state of complete detachment. His attitude in this world will be that of
divine happiness. Man is, so to speak, unripe: the heat of the fire of
suffering will mature him. Look back to the times past and you will find
that the greatest men have suffered most.’

‘He who through suffering has attained development, should he fear
happiness?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘Through suffering he will attain to an eternal happiness
which nothing can take from him. The apostles of Christ suffered: they
attained eternal happiness.’

‘Then it is impossible to attain happiness without suffering?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘To attain eternal happiness one must suffer. He who has
reached the state of self-sacrifice has true joy. Temporal joy will
vanish.’

‘Can a departed soul converse with someone still on earth?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá.—‘A conversation can be held, but not as our conversation.
There is no doubt that the forces of the higher worlds interplay with the
forces of this plane. The heart of man is open to inspiration; this is
spiritual communication. As in a dream one talks with a friend while the
mouth is silent, so is it in the conversation of the spirit. A man may
converse with the ego within him saying: “May I do this? Would it be
advisable for me to do this work?” Such as this is conversation with the
higher self.’

From the book PARIS TALKS by Abdu’l-Baha

SEVEN FACTORS OF ENLIGHTENMENT In Buddhism the Seven…

SEVEN FACTORS OF ENLIGHTENMENT

In Buddhism, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment are:

MINDFULNESS (sati) i.e. to remember the Dhamma.
INVESTIGATION (dhamma vicaya) of the Dhamma.
ENERGY (viriya)
JOY or rapture (pīti)
RELAXATION or tranquility (passaddhi) of both body and mind
CONCENTRATION (samādhi) a calm, one-pointed state of concentration of mind[1]
EQUANIMITY (upekkha), to be able to face life in all its vicissitudes with calm of mind and tranquility, without disturbance, with dispassion and detachment.

This set of seven enlightenment factors is one of the “Seven Sets” of “Enlightenment-related states” (bodhipakkhiyadhamma).

The Pali word bojjhanga is a compound of bodhi (“enlightenment”) and anga (“factor”).[2]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – see ‘Seven Factors of Enlightenment’
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Believers he added must show their belief in…

Believers, he added, must show their belief in their daily lives, so that the world might see the light shining in their faces.

A bright and happy face cheers people on their way.

If you are sad, and pass a child who is laughing, the child, seeing your sad face, will cease to laugh, not knowing why.

If the day be dark, how much a gleam of sunshine is prized;

so let believers wear smiling happy faces, gleaming like sunshine in the darkness.

Let the Light of Truth and Honesty shine from them, so that all who behold them may know that their word in business or pleasure will be a word to trust and depend upon.

~ Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 124

Happiness Bliss Joy In brief I hope…

Happiness, Bliss, Joy

“In brief, I hope that thou mayest become inebriated with the wine of the love of God, find eternal
bliss and receive inexhaustible joy and happiness. All wine hath depression as an after effect, except
the wine of the Love of God.”

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 349)

Believers, he added, must show their belief in their daily lives, so that the world might see the light
shining in their faces. A bright and happy face cheers people on their way. If you are sad, and pass a
child who is laughing, the child, seeing your sad face, will cease to laugh, not knowing why. If the day
be dark, how much a gleam of sunshine is prized; so let believers wear smiling happy faces, gleaming
like sunshine in the darkness. Let the Light of Truth and Honesty shine from them, so that all who
behold them may  know that their word in business or pleasure will be a word to trust and depend
upon.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 124)

If the day be dark, how much a gleam of sunshine is prized; so let believers wear smiling happy faces,
gleaming like sunshine in the darkness. Let the Light of Truth and Honesty shine from them, so that
all who behold them may  know that their word in business or pleasure will be a word to trust and
depend upon.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 124)
Anybody can be happy in the state of comfort, ease, health, success, pleasure and joy; but if one will
be happy and contented in the time of trouble, hardship and prevailing disease, it is the proof of
nobility.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 363)

Therefore we must be happy and pass our time in praises, appreciating all things.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 134)

Message to the London Bahá’ís for the Day of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Specially given to Mrs.
Enthoven.

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! Armies of Angels are descending from Heaven!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Sun of Truth is rising!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! Heavenly food is being sent from above!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Trumpet is sounding!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Banner of the Great Peace is floating far and wide!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Light of the Lamp of the Oneness of Humanity is shining
bright!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The fire of the Love of God is blazing!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! The Holy Spirit is being outpoured!

GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! For Everlasting Life is here!

This is the day of the Proclamation of the Bab! It is the Festival of the Forerunner of the Blessed
Beauty (Bahá’u’lláh). It is the day of the dawning of the Morning of Guidance.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 125)

If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other
time shall we look?

(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 351)

Be happy and joyous because the bestowals of God are intended for you and the life of the Holy
Spirit is breathing upon you.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 214)

May joy be increased to you as the years go by, and may you become thriving trees bearing delicious
and fragrant fruits which are the blessings in the path of service.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 78)

Turn all your thoughts toward bringing joy to hearts.

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 453)

Therefore we must be happy and pass our time in praises, appreciating all things.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 134)

Be filled with joy, so that thine eyes may be overflowing with tears of happiness and beatitude, and
beseech thou God to remove the veil from the face of your sons so that they may find a spiritual
understanding of the existence of God and may know how the human soul can receive bounty from
the divine Spirit.

(Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 530)

I breathe in and I know I…

“I breathe in, and I know I am breathing in – that’s the practice of mindful breathing.”

Thich Nhat Hahn in ‘Peace is Every Step’

Peace is every step.
The shining red sun is my heart.
Every flower smiles with me.
Ho wgreen, how fresh all that grows.
How cool the wind blows.
Peace is every step.
It turns the endless path to joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

About Thich Nhat Hahn the Dalai Lama has written ‘(he) shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth’.

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A seeker once asked the spiritual teacher Poonjaji…

A seeker once asked the spiritual teacher Poonjaji, “Does enlightenment mean that you are always happy? When you get angry, are you peaceful, happy and blissful inside?”

Poonjaji’s response was: “Happiness is permanent. It is always there. What comes and goes is unhappiness. If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy. If you identify with what is permanent and always there, you are happiness itself. Anger is one of my good friends. He is always there when I need him to transact some business. He is very useful. He does his work without disturbing me and then stays away till I need him again.”

SOURCE http://www.spiritual-happiness.com/sosh7.html (Sharon Janis)

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Pu…

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá