All humans seek happiness. Happiness is the fundamental desire behind all dreams, desires and goals. All human endeavours – good or bad – ultimately are linked to personal happiness. This is so because we believe that happiness is attained when conditions in our life match our expectations of favourable situations and the behaviour of others.
But happiness based on external conditions is fickle and superficial. As a result, most humans spend their lives chasing happiness in material things, social status, egocentric roles and goals and self-centred relationships.
The happiness we experience today is derived from sensual pleasures such as sight, sound, taste and touch. All sensory happiness is transient. How long does the joy of watching a good movie or eating a delicious dessert last? We experience the other type of happiness at the mental and emotional level. Knowledge, relationships, creativity and success boost our self-worth and make us feel happy. Yet such happiness is conditional, limited and temporary.
Human beings have lost the experience of true, lasting happiness. There is a state of being or experience that transcends the need to engage or indulge in sensual pleasures. It is not dependent on situations or people’s behaviour towards us. It is much more than happiness–it is known as supersensuous bliss.
Bliss is a state of being of all human souls. It is a state of completeness and fullness in which we are so full of all attainments within that we radiate contentment and joy naturally. Happiness is experienced when the soul engages with senses and the physical world and when the soul expresses its creativity or relates to other souls in a meaningful and loving way. Happiness is experienced when a soul comes from a state of being into a state of doing and there is an exchange of energy in the form of thoughts and actions.
Human beings can experience true bliss by knowing and belonging to God. God is the only soul, the Supreme Soul, who is not entangled or influenced by physical senses, time, space and karma.