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This Is What True Joy And Happiness Look Like

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 3, 2012

I spent last one month assisting my wife at Udavi Gentillesse School in south India. Below are few of the images I captured of the students. These images exhibit the pure joy and happiness we adults so desperately seek. No more words from me. For a change I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Enjoy and rediscover Bliss!

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P.S: Compressing the images has compromised their quality.

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Of Happiness Ch.3: Varying Degrees of “Absence of Happiness”

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 5, 2012

The condition “Absence of Happiness” consists of 5 levels listed below in ascending order of their fulfillment of instinct driven desire.

  1. Indifference
  2. Pleasure
  3. Joy
  4. Bliss
  5. Supreme Transcendence (ST)

Since ST is the highest form of the “Absence of Happiness” condition, it must be the result of an act or thought that fulfills a desire that comes closest to satisfying the instincts determined by the need to survive and multiply. One such act is that of coitus or sexual union where the brief moment of orgasm reflects this state.

Some define Nirvana as an escape from the cycle of birth and death, some as a detachment from mind and soul. It might be a good idea to seek Nirvana within life itself and in the acceptance of natural instincts and desires of human beings.  Maybe Nirvana manifests itself as ST.

Related Posts:

Of Happiness Ch.2: Desires and Wants

Of Happiness Ch.1: Decoding The Condition

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Of Happiness Ch.1: Decoding The Condition

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 2, 2012

D1. I will not define the substance of Happiness, truth be told: I cannot. I have spent enough energy on it and failed miserably. What I can state though is only its nature of being; Happiness is a condition. And since every condition must have an origin, I will attempt to explore the origin/s of Happiness.

D2. I treat Happiness as a standalone condition that has no bearing on other universal phenomenons like Nirvana, Enlightenment etc. My subject here is Happiness itself and not its correlation with other conditions.

D3. From D2 it follows that the negative of Happiness is not “Sadness” or “Unhappiness” but it is “Absence of Happiness”.

D4. Negative does not mean Opposite. Negative denotes the lack of a condition. While opposite denotes presence of a condition that produces effects with opposing characteristics. Hence, “Absence of Happiness” is NOT the Opposite of “Happiness”; It is the Negative of “Happiness”.

P.1. One of the origins of Happiness that I experience is ” Fulfillment of One’s Own Want”. To comprehend this and exploit it to the fullest, lets look at the other other side of the coin. It is equivalent to studying darkness to better appreciate light. So in our case, lets look at “Absence of Happiness”  for a moment.

If the above stated origin holds true then it follows that,

  • Fulfillment of something that is NOT a want = Absence of Happiness
  • Fulfillment of something that is SOMEONE ELSE’S want = Absence of Happiness
  • No Fulfillment of one’s own want = Absence of Happiness

The condition of “Absence of Happiness” can easily be confused with “Happiness” in real life experiences . Many people wonder why they do not feel Bliss even though they have several experiences of Happiness. Assuming that “Bliss” is strongly correlated with “Happiness”, the answer may lie in the fact that what they believe to be experiences of “Happiness” are really experiences of “Absence of Happiness”. In many cases it becomes difficult to differentiate between a condition and its negative.  The 3 criteria mentioned in P1. can help people differentiate the condition of “Happiness” and “Absence of Happiness” better.

Read Chapter 2

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The Key To Happiness…The Most Inspiring Poem Ever!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 27, 2012

English: Rudyard Kipling

English: Rudyard Kipling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This great work has always lifted my spirits whenever I’ve been down. My blog would be incomplete without a post dedicated to this beautiful poem. In one short work Rudyard Kipling summarizes the answers to questions that have dogged our philosophical and spiritual pursuits for centuries. And all this in plain simple language that we all can relate to. Read every line of this epiphany multiple times and realize the joy that it instils in you. “IF” by Rudyard Kipling:



IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


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Move Over Friday…Thank God Its Wednesday!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 26, 2012

Smaller but more regular milestones not only make the journey better but also increase the chances of reaching the destination blissfully. Why then do we wait 5 long days to hit the weekend(in most countries it is Six)? And here comes the concept of Midweek Mitzvah: the ritual of celebrating Wednesday, that poor little day which goes completely unnoticed.

Recently I suggested to my friends to dedicate Wednesday evenings to activities that were different from the daily routine. To do things on a Wednesday that we would otherwise put on our weekend list. This could be partying, get togethers, a round of poker, eat outs, books; anything that brings joy to your life. Four weeks into implementing the plan and the results are impressive.

The continuous bickering that I used to hear from my friends about how pathetic their jobs are has reduced to a rare murmur. Their faces seem more fresh whenever we meet because of the thought that either the weekend or the midweek is just around the corner. Everyone seems to have more time and energy on the weekends because the long list of weekend tasks has been shared with Wednesday. And last but not the least, our dear friend Wednesday does not go unnoticed anymore 🙂

So try the Midweek concept with your group and let me know if you see improvements in people’s attitudes.

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