Thursday, June 23, 2011

What is happiness ?

While the advaita and yogic schools of thought are for a way of life where one stops differentiating between good and bad, heat and cold etc. and considers the world of duality as an illusion and attaining the above state as the sole goal of life and the highest form of happiness, see what Charaka has to say about happiness in human life ( Charaka Sutra 30.24)

The person not affected by any physical or mental illness ,
is youthful in nature , strong and energetic , having fame, courage and valour, possessing knowledge, having healthy sense organs , having abundant wealth and various kinds of enjoyments , having achieved the results of his actions and is free to move about wherever he likes is happy.