In a hot summer afternoon, when you are feeing completely parched, if someone offers you an ice cold drink, how do you feel when you see the glass? How do you feel when you drink it? Will you describe your feeling as happiness or as pleasure? You will say it is a feeling of pleasure. There is a connection between these two kinds of feelings, and sometime one evokes the other, but they are not the same thing. Pleasure is more dependent on the five senses, has to do with enjoyment through the five senses and also dependent on external circumstances, objects and people while happiness is independent of all these and totally internal.
When you are happy, unpleasant events usually do not disturb you. When you are unhappy, even minor things upset you and you feel as if everything is against you. You may compensate for it by doing something that gives you pleasure; yet you stay unhappy.
No matter what activity is sought, at the moment when happiness is experienced, something happens. Whether it is the thrill of reaching the summit of a high mountain, eating a delicious piece of cake, winning a lottery or whatever the action may be, there is a common element that is always present. At the peak of happiness there is a stoppage of the thinking process. There is inner silence. There is peace. The competition or dangers are over. Worries are dropped away. This may last for a brief moment or a few. It is not the object gained or the successful performance of the action that brought this feeling. It is something internal and independent of the external world.
Happiness is not something to be found from somewhere, something or someone. It is always there within, but covered by layers of thoughts, desires and fears. It is experienced when these covers vanish for a while. When a fear or a worry comes to an end or a desire attained, there is a temporary disappearance of these layers. The ego and personality stop projecting for a while, and a great sense of satisfaction recognizing that inner happiness is experienced. It is a moment of revelation. There is no need to search for happiness or to create it. There is no need to have all kinds of outer experiences and actions in order to feel it. On the contrary, everything has to be dropped in order to experience it.
Hold on to that Inner joy. Anchor the mind to that Core. Then irrespective of what happens or doesn’t happen you can make every moment joyful. So it is all in your hands…Sorry…in your mind! Fill every moment, minute, day, week, month, year and thus all your life with smiles. Have a happy life!