The most important thing that keeps us happy in every situation in life is ‘a happy mind’. A contented mind is an ‘always happy mind’. And contentment is an outcome of right understanding.

Life is actually very simple! It really is, but we unnecessarily complicate it and make it look far too complex, because of our habit of over-thinking and over-stretching matters, way beyond its normal limit. We ourselves invite pain and misery in life by being adamant, rigid and negative in our approach to life. So, here are some of the most practical and result-oriented things that we can adopt to keep us happy in every situation:

1. Adjust Everywhere: Conflicts do not occur every day. They occur only when our particular past karmas get ready to give their results. The key is to ‘adjust’ when this happens. If we try to make the world adapt to us, it will make us miserable but take us nowhere. And if we adjust and fit into it, we will learn how to remain happy in every situation, come what may. The difficulties that we come across are for our benefit, as they mould us into better human beings, provided we have an aptitude for it. Therefore, adjust everywhere.

2. Do not hurt: When we do not want to cause hurt to others, it not only prevents binding of new bad karmas, but it also sends out positive vibes from us, as a result of which, others too will eventually not want to cause hurt to us. Therefore, make a firm decision to not hurt any living being through your mind, speech or conduct. And whenever any hurt gets caused to someone by us, we will ask God for forgiveness for our mistake. One who does not have conflict with anyone through even his mind remains always happy in every situation.

3. Let go: In every situation, try to let go your ego, let go your hurt, let go your view, let go your opinion. One may ask, “Why should I let go? Why not the other person?” The answer is simple – because ‘I’ want to be happy. And when we let go, the other person becomes happy, which in turn will make us happier. Yet, to let go is easier said than done, isn’t it? Let’s see the next step; it should make things easier…

4. The law of karma: Once we very well understand the basic principle that, ‘every situation, be it physical or mental, that I encounter in my life is the result of my own past karma’, life becomes simple. We stop blaming the people or the circumstances or the situations on the outside thereafter as we know it is me and not them who are really at fault. And when we truly and heartily repent for our mistake that led to this bad karma, we feel lighter and are able to accept the situation, letting the bad karma pass away patiently and happily.

5. The rule of normality. Any obstruction that we encounter in life is for our own growth and safety. But for these obstructions, we would speed through our way and could meet up with an accident. The obstructions work as speed-breakers to help maintain normality. Normality in any situation gives us long-lasting happiness. Normality takes us all the way to the Self!

6. Know thy Self! One may wonder, “Do I not know my Self?” No! We really do not know the real Self until Gnani, the Enlightened One, makes us realize it. We believe our name and our body to be our identity. It is only when Gnani graces us with the knowledge that ‘I am Pure Soul’ and puts in a line of demarcation between the Self (the Soul) and the non-Self (our name, body and everything other than the Soul), does our ignorance of Self leave!!
This right understanding of the Self marks the beginning of our real happiness, the happiness after which there comes no unhappiness, because the inherent property of the Soul itself is permanent happiness. Difficulties and obstructions in life will continue to come, but dealing with them now becomes easier when we have with us the awareness of the Self.

7. Do not fear. Where there is fear, there can be no happiness. And no matter how hard we try to overcome fear in this materialistic world, it will always remain as everything in here is temporary. Fear leaves when we surrender our entire ego in the lotus feet of the Living Gnani, without any reservation. To whomever we surrender, we attain His energies. Once we learn to dwell in the Soul that Gnani has awakened, the life becomes a roller-coaster ride because the Soul is eternal and the Soul is nothing but Pure Love. Where there is love, there is no fear; even if someone berates us or throws us in jail, we do not suffer depression. And where there is no fear of anything in this world, permanent happiness prevails!!!

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.