How To Be Joyous Always

It is amazing to observe the orderliness and discipline in the universe, how the cosmic bodies move along their designated paths. This orderliness ensures that there are no catastrophic collisions among them leading to chaos and ultimate destruction of the universe.


Cosmic Order
The underlying mechanism which controls and maintains this cosmic orderliness looks like a grand orchestra, in which each cosmic body is dancing to some mysterious tune of the universe. Science may attribute it to gravitational forces or functioning of dark energy. Philosophy names this as a mystic law of the universe. Whatever it is, the fact is that orderliness is essential for sustenance of any system.
The same rule applies to our physiological body system, which consists of millions of cells and tissues at the micro-level. Our biological system also needs some orderliness like there is in the universe for its sustenance and perpetuation. Unfortunately, unlike the universe, our biological natural rhythm can be influenced and disturbed easily by our lifestyle choices.
Also, our mind creates noises and disturbances in our natural biological rhythm, and consequently, the synchronisation in functioning of various voluntary or involuntary systems is lost, giving rise to chaos and failures. We end up with different physical ailments and finally, the system collapses to death.
Plants and animals are more aligned with nature. Plants bear flowers and fruits in specific seasons. Animals mate and reproduce during appropriate times of the year. The flow of life is rhythmic within nature. Their lives are pre-programmed and they cannot change it. While it is difficult to infer whether this pattern of life is peaceful or not, but definitely, we can observe a different quality, fragrance, beauty or calmness in the lives of plants and animals.
In contrast, we lead turbulent lives, full of worries and anxieties. We are blessed with a mental faculty to set our own rhythm of life. When we change our inherited programme of life using our mind, and pursue lives of our own choice, we are likely to go against the rhythm of nature. Consequently, we get cut-off from the grand orchestra of nature and fail to enjoy its beauty and blissfulness.
The Mandukya Upanishad talks about the importance of chanting Aum as a method of aligning ourselves with the vibrations of the universe. It proclaims that Aum is Brahmn itself. By chanting Aum, a seeker is able to establish the connection with the universal source of life. The Upanishad declares that the universe is a ‘universal being’ called Vaisvanara, a macrocosm of all individual beings. A person who meditates upon this universal being is said to have mastered his mind and synchronised himself with the rhythm of the universe.
Zen Schools


Various Zen schools have adopted methods of remaining in a state of wondering or watchfulness about their mental activities. When we remain watchful, our mental activities subside and eventually, thought streams become thinner. Once we overcome the intensity of thought streams, we are able to experience a state of emptiness and become open to bliss and joy, which is our intrinsic nature. The practice of remaining in a state of watchfulness on a continuous basis helps a seeker to be blissful, perpetually.
Happiness is our birthright. Our intrinsic nature is always blissful. However, we have lost our blissful life state while pursuing a life full of selfish desires. In this context, our Upanishads advise us to remain always watchful about our mental processes of thoughts and desires, and pursue those desires, which will not affect our blissful life condition.
Maintaining a life with an attitude of selflessness, compassion and detachment will definitely help achieve a joyful state in the midst of all kinds of problems. Nature represents a state of absolute bliss. We should continuously endeavour to remain connected with nature in order to be always joyful.



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