Three Methods to Become More Happy

Chapter III, Verse 30

Sri Nerode’s Translation:

30

Surrender all their actions to ME; rest thyself on the Supreme Self; get beyond the dualities of hope and egoism, seeking no profit and heedless of issues. Thus freed from mental uneasiness and confusion, wage war for the cause of Good.

 

Helpful Translation:

By surrendering attachment to the senses and their objects, a wise person becomes selfless. Selfless activity is free from restlessness and worry.

Commentary:

During the lowest point of Earth’s natural cycles of consciousness, Jesus Christ counseled the advice that the materialistic human could understand. For example,  he said, “Give all that you have to the poor and follow me.” Thousands of years before Jesus, and during a higher point in Earth’s natural cycles of consciousness, Krishna counseled to “surrender all attachments to Me”. The message is the same, humans are neither the doers nor the owners of this universe. They are spectators and participants in a grand show.

Humans are the guests of a consciousness that far exceeds the greatest intellect ever to walk on the face of the earth. William Shakespeare echoed deep truths throughout many of his plays. “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VIII) applies here.

We live in a period of time when atheism, agnosticism, intellectual thought and wrong interpretation of traditional scriptures reign supreme. But despite humanity’s current all-out war against wisdom, there are many simple answers that can immediately counteract this high-degree of ignorance. Here are three non-religious and non-egotistical ways to become more happy: 1) be positive; 2) practice daily contemplation; 3) stop comparing yourself to others.

Be Positive:

“You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can control your reaction to them.” Every self-help text and psychological counselor makes this statement. If you choose to be positive in all of your interactions and activities, you will find that happiness becomes a way of life, not something hoped for in your future.

Practice Daily Contemplation:

Perhaps you believe it’s impossible to be happy all the time. You may feel that a positive attitude is unrealistic. Then daily contemplation might be the solution to your ignorance and distress.

Each day set aside a half hour to consider how your past 24 hours has gone. If you have goals, did your actions support those goals? If you were continually frustrated, what was the source of your frustration? Is there a course of action that would help you to avoid undesirable experiences in the future?

If you practice daily contemplation and sincerely attempt to help yourself, you will progress towards greater happiness and your intellect and ego can remain completely unthreatened.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others:

By comparing yourself to others, you relinquish control of your life. You are unique. Your destiny and duties are unique. Measure your accomplishments against your inner response. Be guided by your internal feelings of increasing joy and love.

Egotists want to control you. They will tell you that you don’t measure up. You will be compared to others and told whether or not your actions are valuable. However, only you must live with yourself. By no longer comparing yourself to others, you can focus on expressing yourself as you are intended to be.

Even the egotists, who believe their personal intellect is superior to others, will eventually arrive at a selfless, happier state of consciousness by practicing non-religious and ego-satisfying methods of positivity, contemplation and self-evaluation.

 

Easter Eggs:

Easter Eggs (hidden references to deeper meanings) in the original version of this this verse include:

yudhyasva – to overcome through action

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