“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
God is not power, rather He is the source of all power. Power is just one of His opulence. Power is always controlled by somebody. For instance, electric power is controlled by an engineer. The person who controls power is more powerful than the power itself. One has to understand that God is not power but God is powerful and rather much more.
There’s only one God, his name is the only truth, he is the only creator, he is fearless, he is without hate, he is immortal, he is beyond birth and death, and by only his grace one can remember him. “God is the Master of the entire creation; all moving and non-moving beings are his servants.”
The Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence of God. God’s three “Omni” attributes characterize him as all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Each of these involves the other two, and each provides a perspective on the all-embracing lordship of the true God. Omnipotence means that God is in total control of himself and his creation. Omniscience means that he is the ultimate criterion of truth and falsity so that his ideas are always true. Omnipresence means that since God’s power and knowledge extend to all parts of his creation, he is present everywhere. Together they define God’s lordship, and they yield a rich understanding of creation, providence, and salvation.
Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an account to God of how we have lived. If you expect your life to be full of impermanency, then your mind will be happier.
We deal with our minds from morning until evening. This mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We should do everything we can to improve outer circumstances – remedying poverty, inequalities, conflicts, and so on – while also doing our best to achieve a state of mind that give us the inner resources to deal with the ups and downs of life.
The Guru repeatedly reminds God is within us! Hence, whether we want to be happy or unhappy solely depends on us. No third-party such as god is responsible for it.
Keep faith in the One Lord within your mind. Guru emphasised meditating on God’s name to gain control over five evils- kama, krodh, lobh, moh, and ahankar means lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego.
If we look at ourselves in our moments of happiness or unhappiness, we will consistently observe that it is not the object in itself that is happiness-giving or unhappiness-giving, but the circumstance and condition of which it is a part. In other words, if the situation is acceptable, we feel pleased. On the contrary, if the situation is unacceptable, we suffer.
The sensory world can never give us any real satisfaction… Certain desires may not be in keeping with Dharma. They are fancies that come and go. So while fulfilling desires one has to make sure that one’s actions and efforts conform to Dharma – mind linked to the True Nature, God / Naam… HAPPINESS comes from within. To be happy is to know oneself. It’s not in the material things that we own, it’s the love we have and show to the world. ” All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
We all have a right to perform our prescribed duties, but we are not entitled to the fruits of our actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction, to avoid unhappiness and egoism.
To perform actions is an integral part of human nature. Coming into this world, we all have various duties determined by our family situation, social position, occupation, etc. While performing these actions, we must remember that we are not the enjoyers of the results—the results are meant for the pleasure of God. The individual soul is a tiny part of God, and hence our inherent nature is to serve him through all our actions.
We have the right to do our duty, but the results are not dependent only upon our efforts. Several factors come into play in determining the results—our efforts, destiny (our past karmas), the will of God, the efforts of others, the cumulative karmas of the people involved, the place and situation (a matter of luck), etc. If we become anxious about results, we will experience anxiety whenever they are not according to our expectations. So Guru advises disciples to give up concern for the results and instead focus solely on doing a good job. The fact is that when we are unconcerned about the results, we can focus entirely on our efforts, and the result is even better than before.
Although the nature of the living being is to work, often situations arise where work seems burdensome and confusing. In such cases, instead of running away from it, we must understand and implement the proper science of work, as explained by Guru to his disciples. However, it is highly inappropriate if we consider work laborious and burdensome, and resort to inaction. Becoming attached to inaction is never the solution and is condemned by Guru,s.
The equanimity that enables us to accept all circumstances with serenity is so praiseworthy that Guru calls it Yog, or union with the Supreme. This equipoise comes from implementing the knowledge of the previous section. When we understand that the effort is in our hands, not the results, we then concern ourselves only with doing our duty. The results are for the pleasure of God, and so we dedicate them to him. Now, if the results are not to our expectations, we calmly accept them as the will of God. In this way, we can accept fame and infamy, success and failure, pleasure and pain as God’s will, and when we learn to embrace both equally, we develop the equanimity that Guru talks about.
To have the power of God, you must be filled with the Holy Spirit. Holy scriptures tell us we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us. To have the Holy Spirit, you must be born again; you must have confessed and acknowledged your sins to God and asked God to come into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour.
Do not worry about what happened in past. Do meditation every day. don’t expect too much from anything. Don’t think too much about what you can’t do. The more you yield yourself to God, spend time with God in prayer and the Word /Naam, and serve God wholeheartedly with your time, talents and resources, the more you are filled with the Holy Spirit.
There’s a limit to what we can achieve with our human strength, we need the power of God to do the will of God, go through challenges of life, and overcome temptations and obstacles on our path.
If you look to others for fulfilment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize nothing is lacking, the world belongs to you. The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
Listening to spiritual discourse improves our speech and uplifts our minds. If you are hungry for more of God in your life, open your heart to God and make yourself available to God, God will fill you with His power. I pray you to experience more of God’s power in your life.