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Your Mind Holds the Key to Your Happiness

Your Mind Holds the Key to Your Happiness

Your Mind Holds the Key to Your Happiness

We all want to lead a productive life, attain deep inner satisfaction, and become better human beings.  Though we strive for success in all spheres of life, not everyone achieves their cherished desires. Amongst the vast majority, a few lead a life of inspiration and contentment.  The rest struggle through life grappling with anger, greed, envy, and desire. And even if they do achieve external success, their minds stay dejected and happiness remains aloof.  

Our quality of life is not determined by money, power, fame, or other external parameters.  History has revealed many successful people who had very little of these external resources, and yet they achieved happiness and fulfillment.  In contrast, there have been countless others who had all these, but were still dissatisfied and ungratified.

Iconic music legend, Elvis Presley held the record of the maximum number of albums sold in the history of published music.  He was loved by his fans and doted upon by everyone around. Yet, his seemingly fulfilled life was a mere façade for his audience, since Elvis himself was deeply perturbed internally, often relying on illicit drugs and chemicals to get through the day.  Despite the tremendous opulence, popularity, and prestige, he was broken and despondent from within.  

Contrarily, there have been individuals who have had few resources and simultaneously faced adverse circumstances, yet remained internally strong and inspired.  One such example of a highly motivated soul was Helen Keller.  

Helen Keller (a world-famous philanthropist) was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in the late 1800s.  She went on to become an author, political activist, and lecturer. With her bountiful wisdom and optimism, she inspired and enriched the lives of all that she met.  Though Helen lost two of her five senses, she overcame all difficulties and spread her message far and wide to many. She could have easily succumbed to her challenges, yet she made the decision to have a meaningful life and be a beacon of light and hope to others.  

There is great discrepancy between the two stories!  The key difference in determining their happiness was not the outward achievement or acquisition rather their internal state of mind.  

Our mind is the singular most important factor in determining the quality of our life.  The British philosopher, John Milton (1608–1674), described this perfectly, when he said, “The mind is a place of its own, and in itself can make heaven out of hell and hell out of heaven.” (Paradise Lost).

If we cultivate a cheerful mind, we will experience heavenly bliss even in the midst of the most hellish circumstances.  On the other hand, if we harbor a miserable mind, we will suffer the torments of hell even though we may be surrounded by heavenly luxury.

The Vedic scriptures inform us:

uddhared ?tman?tm?na? n?tm?nam avas?dayet

?tmaiva hy?tmano bandhur ?tmaiva ripur ?tmana?  (Bhagavad Gita 6.5)

“Elevate yourself through the power of your mind, and not degrade yourself, for the mind can be the greatest assistant of the self, and also its vilest enemy.”

The key to our happiness then lies in our mind.  The Vedic scriptures say the biggest enemies – lust, anger, greed, envy, illusion, etc. – reside in our own mind.  It is our own thoughts that can give us immense pain or sublime peace. Choosing to harbor positive, uplifting, and noble thoughts and mindsets can help trump and overcome adversities.  When we make a commitment to ourselves to raise the level of our consciousness through our mind, we will find that we will naturally become happier and fulfilled from within.  

  • Swami Mukundananda
    Swami Mukundananda
    Founder JK YOG Dallas USA

    Swami Mukundananda is an international authority on mind management and a unique saint with a distinguished educational background. He received his degrees from two world-renowned institutes, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Swami Mukundananda is a direct disciple of Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj, the fifth original Jagadguru in Indian history. He is the founder of JKYog, a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Dallas, TX, US, dedicated to the betterment of humankind. He has also established over eighty congregational centers, ashrams, and temples worldwide. Swamiji works tirelessly as he lectures seven days a week conducting seminars, workshops, and retreats all around the world, including at Ivy League universities and Fortune 500 companies. He has inspired millions worldwide on the path of spirituality, holistic health, yoga, meditation, service to society, and self-realization.

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