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Swami Sunirmalananda on the Concept of Happiness in Hinduism

Hindu concept of Happiness:
Ordinarily what we call happiness (sukha) and misery (duhkha) are relative experiences. They are termed dvandvas (dualities.)
We must rise above these dualities in order to discover and experience real happiness.
Where do we find this real happiness? It is inherent within each one of us. Where is it located? It is not located as such: it is we ourselves. Ourselves? Oh, yes, we are of the nature of bliss. What does this mean? We are bliss. Our nature is one of immortal bliss. We have forgotten this simple truth.
Then, what is this experience which we are calling happiness? This so-called happiness is only a faint reflection, a little spark of the brilliant sun of bliss which is hidden within. This is only a shadow of that eternal bliss that is waiting to be exposed. Our so-called happiness and misery now, are nothing but different states of mind.In the Bhagavad Gita (5.21), it is said: ‘He who is unattached to the external world and its objects, and is attached …