With God, Life Is a Feast of Happiness
Suffering is a reminder that this world is not our home. If it were perfect for us, how many people would seek a better one? Even if things so imperfect as they are, see how few people seek God! Out of a thousand, said Krishna, perhaps one.
The law of life is this: The less one lives in harmony with the truth within, the more he suffers; but the more he lives in harmony with that truth, the more he experiences unending happiness. Nothing can touch him, even though his body waste away with disease and people ridicule and persecute him.
Through all the vagaries of life, he remains ever blissfully centered in the indwelling Self.
“Get away,” Krishna said, ‘from My ocean of suffering and misery!” With God, life is a feast of happiness, but without Him, it is a nest of troubles, pains, and disappointments.
The Purpose of Life
The purpose of human life is to find God. That is the only reason for our existence. Jobs, money, material interests—these things in themselves mean nothing. They can never provide you with true happiness, fot the simple reason that none of them, in itself, is complete.
Only God encompasses everything.
That is why Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Seek ye first the Giver of all gifts, and you shall receive from Him all His gifts of lesser fulfillment.
Joy is an aspect of God. Divine joy is like millions of earthly joys crushed into one. The quest for human happiness is like looking around for a candle while sitting out of doors in the sun.
Divine joy surrounds us eternally, yet people look to mere things for their happiness.
Excerpted from How to Be Happy All the Time by Paramhansa Yogananda.
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