I have had some responses to my last article about being happy. A cousin of mine is a follower of Jaggi Vasudeva (aka Sadhguru) and she messaged me as under.
(The link to the article in question is here – https://insightsandexperiences.com/what-to-do-when-you-are-not-happy/ )
Here are my cousin’s messages
Cousin: Liked how you summarized so much philosophy/spirituality so succinctly😁👍🏻👏🏻
Cousin: I have another point of view for you to consider, inspired by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev:
Being happy or sad, or miserable or ecstatic..it’s all in my body-mind system, I’m the chemical factory, the remote control is in my hands.
Now whether I care to use it, figure out how it works, respond consciously with intelligent awareness (rather than limited ignorance or automated knee-jerk reactivity) or not is also up to me. My responsibility, my making, & can be..
My emancipation…my ability to turn away from external dependence and onto what needs to be done
Cousin: Begs the question: who’s your chemical factory foreman?!
Me: God or the law of karma and you yourself at odd moments
Cousin: Hah! Convenient.. aren’t we all😅
Cousin: Seems like an impossible challenge right?🤦🏻♀️😅
Cousin: But the key is that “you make” & external circumstances don’t…
Why this is so hard to accept for most of us should be investigated!
I think that the response to the above question is given in the following three paragraphs from the book A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield. It is an excellent book and I give it 5 stars.
Two disciples of a master got into an argument about the right way to practice. As they could not resolve their conflict they went to their master who was sitting among a group of other students. Each of the two disciples put forth his point of view. The first talked about the path of effort. He said, “Master is it not true that we should make a full effort to abandon our old habits and unconscious ways? We must make great effort to speak honestly, be mindful and present. Spiritual life does not happen by accident,” he said, “but only by giving our whole hearted effort to it.” The master replied, “You’re right.”
The second student was upset and said, “But master, isn’t the true spiritual path one of letting go, of surrender, of allowing the Tao, the divine to show itself?” He continued, “It is not through our effort that we progress, our effort is only based on our grasping and ego. The essence of the true spiritual path is to live from the phrase, ‘Not my will but thine’. Is this not the way?” Again the master replied, “You’re right.”
A third student listening said, “But master they can’t both be right.” The master smiled and said, “And you’re right too.”
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