Awakening Joy in life
All of us face difficult and challenging situations in life that leave us battling emotions like anger, hatred and jealousy. Challenging situations make us feel extreme disappointment, unhappiness, and frustration. This is usually because of an imbalance in an energy field in us. This energy field, or the Navarasa as is it called, has to be balanced. When all the Navarasa’s are harmonized, one enjoys a blissful life.
Amongst all the Navarasas, the Hasyarasa or the energy of laughter, is of key importance to human beings. Awakening the Hasyarasa brings joy into one’s life. Hasyarasya awakens our Harsha (joy) and makes our life more fulfilling. By awakening the Hasyarasa energy field, we manage to stay happy even during difficult times.
Unhappiness in the human mind is often caused by an imbalance in the Hasyarasa energy field. When there is an imbalance, not only do we sink into sadness and feel like a victim of life, but we also tend to blame others for our unhappiness. We mostly want others to take responsibility for our happiness. So, the question to think about is – what is preventing us from being happy?
If you notice, you will see that it is the rules we have about life and people that prevents us from being happy.For example, say you are planning a vacation and are praying it does not rain. In this case, you are setting yourself up for disappointment because of the rule that it should not rain. Now supposing it does rain, you are doomed! Your mind will never let you be happy even if you are in the most beautiful places in the world! Focusing our mind on what makes us unhappy, only serves to reinforce the unhappiness in us.
Instead, just imagine how your life would be if you learn to renounce all rules and decide to be happy despite of the situations. Rain or no rain, we can always be happy during a vacation, can’t we? So, do not let problems snatch away your happiness. Happiness is and should be beyond our problems. That is the energy we need to awaken. Our commitment to be happy should be stronger than our commitment to the rules we believe will make us happy.
Lord Krishna reminds us in the Bhagavad Gita that it is the cheerful mind that can discover the truth. Therefore, stay determined to be cheerful and happy, no matter what situation you find yourself. Awaken the Hasyarasa energy field in you and laugh. When we are in Harsha (joy), life is lived better. Laugh no matter what happens and notice how that makes you feel.
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