“Real happiness never changes or ceases”
Source: AvatarMeher.org, AMB Hyderabad Center
[Personal Interviews with Baba: The son of one of Baba’s disciples]
Q. How could I have happiness ?
Baba: Everyone in the world, consciously or unconsciously, seeks happiness in one form or another. You seek it in your own way. Even a murderer seeks happiness, which he hopes to find in the very act of murder, that is why he commits it. Why or when does a man commit murder ? Either through hatred or jealousy. And because he thinks he will find happiness if he commits murder, he takes his revenge for hatred or jealousy. Again, why does a man commit suicide ? Because he expects to find happiness in it. Why does a man drink ? Because of the happiness he expects to derive from the drink. But what happiness does he derive from the drink, and how long does it last ? Only as long as the effect of the intoxication lasts. When it cools down, he feels broken, dejected, and miserable. It is the same with lust. One does it for the happiness one derives, even for the moment. But it is only for the time being that one derives happiness from one action or another; and when it is over, one is miserable again. Real happiness is different. It never changes or ceases. It is permanent, everlasting . . . . and it lies there; there, within you. It is sleeping (latent) and must be opened (unlocked). Once it is opened, it is always happiness.
I am the source of happiness, the Sun of all Bliss. But there is a curtain that veils you from the sun and you do not see it. Now, because of your inability to see owing to the curtain you cannot say there is no sun. The sun is there, shining and spreading its lustre all over the world; but you do not allow its rays to approach you, obstructing them with the veil of ignorance. Remove that and you will see the sun. I will help you to tear open the curtain and enable you to find happiness with it. I love you; I love you all.
(Forty-three interviews with Baba, 1934, Zurich)
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