Is meditation or ‘sadhana’ essential for happiness? Is it necessary to meditate? Is being good or being kind to others not enough to attain true happiness?
I would say, if one is happy, if one is fulfilled, if one is happy within oneself, if one is independent of anything external and still exudes happiness, then sadhana is not required. There is no necessity to do sadhana because the very need for doing sadhana arises because one finds that one is not happy.
Even if one is happy, look carefully enough and one will find that the happiness in question is usually fleeting. It is not in one’s possession all the time. Therefore, we think, it is essential to find that happiness and peace, which is lasting and not fleeting.
This is when one looks for sadhana.
Sadhana is not just about meditation. It has to be complemented by one’s activity in the external world. It has to do with how one deals with other human beings. So there is more to sadhana than merely sitting, closing one’s eyes and pretending to meditate.
My Master and teacher, Maheshwar Nath Babaji, used to say, “Thirteen years of meditation for 13 hours a day is a colossal waste if you cannot truly hear a child’s cry of hunger.”
The search for happiness is successful, or shall we say effective, only when the mind begins to change.