What is Happiness

Sri Chinmoy

Excerpts from Sri Chinmoy’s book – Happiness.

When the heart is happy
It embraces the whole world.

~ Sri Chinmoy

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Real joy means immediate expansion. If we experience pure joy, immediately our heart will expand. We will really spread our wings, and we will feel that we are flying in the divine freedom-sky. The entire length and breadth of the world becomes ours, not for us to rule over, but as an expansion of our consciousness. We become reality and vastness.


Joy is growth; joy is a constructive force that fulfils us. Joy is like a flower that blooms petal by petal. God created us in joy, God wants us to remain in joy and God wants us to fulfil our respective roles in utmost joy.

Of all the gifts
You have offered to God,
Your happiness-gift
He treasures most.

~ Sri Chinmoy


In the outer life when we talk to people and exchange ideas, we get a kind of joy. But this is not real joy; this is only a kind of pleasure. Real joy is something very deep, profound and fulfilling. Inner joy is always a rarity because people are not crying for this inner joy in their lives. Most of us are living in the world of desire. We have no time to go deep within. Out of twenty-four hours each day we feel we don’t have even one single minute to go deep within to get this inner joy. There is a vast field inside us. Like a farmer, we have to plough this inner field, and after we have ploughed it, we have to sow the seed of our aspiration, the seed of our concern for the inner life. When we sincerely accept the inner life, after a few months we begin to get real joy.

Do you need happiness?
Then do just three things:
Meditate regularly,
Smile soulfully,
Love untiringly.

~ Sri Chinmoy


What gives us joy in the outer world? Only the fulfilment of desire. Now I want to have a house, but as soon as I get it, I want to have two houses, and when I get them, still I am not satisfied. Each time a desire in the outer life is fulfilled, we become a victim to a greater and more destructive or binding desire. There is no end to desire. Desire is fulfilling for a second, but in the next moment another desire comes with ten-fold power. Joy, once attained, grows like a fragrant flower, blooming petal by petal, whereas pleasure leads one to inevitable destruction. Real joy sustains us; real joy liberates us. But pleasure binds us mercilessly.

We constantly cry to increase our earthly possessions, and there can never be any filfilment in never-ending desire. As long as we have desire, we will try to possess something no matter whether it is a human being or God or light and peace. The very nature of desire is to possesss. If we see something beautiful, immediately our desire wants to grab it; but the ultimate result is that we destroy it.

Do you want to be happy?
Then give your life a new chance.

Do not allow circumstances
To frighten you.
Do not allow situations
To torture you.
Look beyond the appearances.
Yours will be
The unmistakable happiness.

O kindle the fire of happiness!
Therein I shall see
The door of friendliness,
The room of greatness
And the palace of goodness.
I shall see,I shall see.

~ Sri Chinmoy

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