What is Happiness?
“Absolute happiness is a state of enlightenment; it’s a code term for enlightenment because enlightenment is a word that’s been abused and misused and as such the enlightened state is a state where the whole system is completely open so your consciousness can expand to encompass the universe. So absolute happiness is enlightenment.” (i)
Michael Domeyko Rowland 1997
Author & Presenter of Personal Development Concepts, Australia.
“We shall be careful in what we accept as truth, for many well written statements by academics seem logical and correct but in reality, are disguised with both truth and untruth, which when united can be in danger of becoming false knowledge. So, it is we see Mr. M. D. Rowland’s statement.
He correctly states: “Enlightenment is a word that’s been abused and misused… the enlightened state is a state where the whole system is completely open so your consciousness can expand to encompass the universe.” This is a great truth but this is where truth stops, the rest is false knowledge. The conclusion absolute happiness is enlightenment is wrong. Many people are happy and are void of extended understanding about recorded knowledge.
“Absolute Happiness is Inner Peace. Absolute happiness is not enlightenment. Enlightenment is a Cosmic Vision, a self-given gift, which is developed through a lifetime quest for truth, insight and understanding, past the boundaries of current self. Enlightenment is never content with its own level of insight and understanding. Enlightenment always reaches out into the eternal cosmos, exploring both finite and infinite existence, exploring inwardly and outwardly, threefold, mind, body, and spirit. Enlightenment is forever soul searching, researching, and reviewing all knowledge, all concepts, all insight, and all understanding. Constantly expanding the spirit of cosmic consciousness, never recognising limitations, always reaching out beyond all boundaries into an unknown vision, which through persistence, gradually crystallizes into a cosmic vision, both materially and spiritually, and becomes by its own self-realisation, a new truth, a new insight, a new extended understanding. So it is enlightenment is a constant growing cosmic consciousness, enlightenment is Satori, the meaning of itself, enlightenment starts with inner peace, and enlightenment only becomes true through the evolving inner experience of Nirvana. Enlightenment is Pragmatic.”
Allan Ivarsson 1998
Author of Blue Light, Australia.
“Ordinary happiness is a state where you are able to achieve the desires you want in life that remove craving from your mind. A lot of people think you should not have any desires. I think that’s totally wrong, a misinterpretation of a teaching.” (i)
Michael Domeyko Rowland 1997
“Ordinary happiness is in reality, simply a feeling of contentment, and personal self-satisfaction with one’s own life, personal interests, achievements, companions, and possessions, or even lack thereof, any one, or all, of these personal treasures. For ordinary happiness is held in the eye of the beholder by their vision of what is important to them. Some people are completely happy every day of their life with being alone without companion, preferring the joy of their own solitude, whilst other persons would be totally unhappy without companionship, which is true for the majority of people. There are always exceptions. Some people need possessions some do not. Some need achievement; others have no desire to succeed but rather prefer to float through life. Some call this laziness; others call it wholesome contentment. In the end, a million years to come, who shall be remembered, the worker or the drifter? The answer is none.”
“Unhappiness is being discontent with one’s own personal life, being discontent with one’s own interests, achievements, companions, and possessions, or even lack thereof, any one, or all, of these personal treasures. Unhappiness may be unsure of one’s own goals, sense of direction, or even one’s own personal contribution to the flow of existence, what meaning and purpose does my life have? Not knowing, desiring answers to questions, which are unanswered, may create frustration, depression and unhappiness. The choice of happiness lies with the individual, but this is only true when the basic survival needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical aid has been provided. Anything less is miserable.”
M.D. Rowland correctly states: “A lot of people think you should not have any desires. I think that’s totally wrong, a misinterpretation of a teaching.” It is true as ‘Cosmicism’ teaches, “desire is essential to wholesome life and basic survival, and happiness becomes an extension of contentment with one’s own life. Desire can be unreasonable leading to unhappiness or desire can be reasonable leading to happiness. Desire is important to motivation, for without motivation, a feeling of hopelessness and unhappiness may evolve. Motivation may be content to drift as one desires, or motivation may be content to strive for achievement, finding happiness in fulfilment of goals. The wiser and the happiest ensure all objectives are achievable and successful before reaching higher towards their next objective.”
M.D. Rowland correctly states: “Ordinary happiness is a state where you are able to achieve the desires you want in life that remove craving from your mind.” This is true when we think of craving as being a strong desire obsessed with fulfilment, which when it is not satisfied becomes an insatiable craving of floundering unhappiness, which can if uncontrolled, lead to depression, anger, and tragically sometimes violence against self, or worse, against others. Craving driven into violence against others becomes evil, and thus shall face a reckoning. No one person shall always be happy. Do not expect total happiness every day of your life, and you will not become miserable, when you do not gain it all the time. On the other hand do not accept total unhappiness, for acceptance of misery is stupidity. Do something about your unhappiness, start with positive self-determination, empower yourself; change your attitude, your life style and direction; but do so carefully, ensure your new choice is valid, and not just another illusion. Happiness is an energetic state not as an opening of the system, but rather happiness is an energetic extension of true self. Inner peace is the opening of the system within self. Inner peace is a spiritual feeling of contentment, a feeling of self-esteem, a feeling of confidence in self. And all this becomes true only through the way of Ahimsa.”
“Happiness is an extension of true self beyond the system for happiness. For happiness has no system, happiness has no one way, happiness has no definite method, and happiness has no formal technique. Happiness is not an opening to the system. Happiness is a spiritual feeling beyond systems, where self and inner peace merges as one cosmic power, becoming true in ordinary every day simple ways. Strengthened by living one day at a time, freely, peacefully, and contentedly, not looking for too much out of life, not chasing unattainable quests, but rather just living the challenge of life by reasonable contentment without passive surrender. Changing what can be changed and having the grace in disposition to accept what cannot be changed at this point of time. Never worry too much about tomorrow. Do what you enjoy the most. Live in timeless moments, happiness is living it now, in work or play. Happiness is not the opening of a system, (there is no real beginning), and happiness is not the closing of a system. (There are no limits). M. D. Rowland correctly reveals: of Happiness … “it acts like a catalyst to open up our energy system.” (The key word is catalyst). Happiness acts like a catalyst to open up our energy system – this is true when we think of happiness as further opening the system. (The key word is further). In timelessness, peace opened the system. Happiness followed in an explosion of energy. Happiness is like a ‘Big Bang’ in the Universe, it explodes with energy, building Cosmic Spirit, which has no beginning or end within Cosmic Consciousness, just as the Universe itself has no beginning or end, the essence of truth may simply change its form to a higher more advanced entity. Happiness is flowing energy, a positive energy, living beyond the system, in the system, as an extension of one’s own true self, given by inner peace.”
Allan Ivarsson 1998
“Happiness is a state that results from a free flow of energy through the system. It’s not a result of external factors (something that we believe will make us happy), all it does is it acts like a catalyst to open up our energy system. Most people are totally unaware of this believing that happiness resides in the outside world. They think that they have to get something to make themselves happy but in fact it’s entirely a result of their inner life.” (i)
Michael Domeyko Rowland 1997
“This is truth as M. D. Rowland said: “Happiness is a state that results from a flow of energy through the system.” ……“It’s entirely a result of their inner life.” And the way to happiness begins with inner peace, we must travel full circle and be patient with ourselves, and be kind to ourselves, just as we must be patient with other ahimsa persons, and replace conflict with diplomacy, and unreasonableness with kindness, and aggression with gentleness. In the beginning we must conquer ourselves by the spirit of inner peace; this is the dawn of happiness.”
“Desire is the essence of life and happiness, inner peace is the foundation of happiness. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end.”
Allan Ivarsson 1998
“So now, firstly, what is the purpose of life for a human being? I believe that happiness is the purpose of life. Whether or not there is a purpose to the existence of the universe or galaxies, I don’t know. In any case, the fact is that we are here on this planet with other human beings. Then, since every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering it is clear that this desire does not come from training, or from some ideology. It is something natural.”
“Therefore, I consider that the attainment of happiness, peace, and joy is the purpose of life. Therefore, it is very important to investigate what are happiness and satisfaction and what are their causes.”
“I think that there is a mental factor as well as a physical factor. Both are very important. If we compare these two things, the mental factor is more important, superior to the physical factor. This we can know through our daily life. Since the mental factor is more important, we have to give serious thought to inner qualities.”
“Then, I believe compassion and love are necessary in order for us to obtain happiness or tranquillity. These mental factors are key. I think they are the basic source.” (ii)
Dalai Lama 1989
Exiled from Tibet by Communist Chinese Invasion 1950
“The above quote was from a lecture given by the Dalai Lama in Oslo Norway. Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1989, this statement was part of his presentation of Peace. Dalai Lama a great ‘Messenger of Time,’ I may not agree with all his thoughts but I respect his sincerity, love, and sense of peace, kindness, compassion, and friendship, which he has shared with all humanity. The choice is ours…the wiser receive his good will with enthusiasm not in reverence, but with enthusiasm for the goodness, beauty, and truth of his messages of love and peace. Words may not always reflect perfection or literary excellence, but the simplicity of ahimsa words combined with caring kindness reveals the truth, the goodness, and beauty of life which gives us our true purpose.”
“There is no divine purpose to life, nor is there a divine reason for the existence of the universe or galaxy. The constant mistake made by philosophers is the obsession throughout history to look for a divine purpose. No matter how hard you search, you will never find a divine purpose, save that idea which you create yourself. The reason is simple; there is not any divine purpose because there is not any creator. God, Humanity, and the Universe have one thing absolute in common; we are all of the creation, which has always existed. The infinite chaos formula of existence has always existed, and is constantly in a process of change. This chaos formula is so complex that it is beyond human comprehension, but its existence is real, we have discovered enough links of new information to know this is true.”
“So then what is the purpose of life? The purpose of life is gained by the opportunities we create for ourselves. Many people faithfully believe that using the words of the ‘Dalai Lama’ “that happiness is the purpose of life.” It is true to say happiness is a desire of life, and that we should seek to fulfil this desire, but it only becomes the purpose of life if we make happiness the purpose of our life. In reality, we may face great disappointment, if we make happiness our primary goal. For what we think will make us happy is not necessarily what will eventually make us happy. The things we value as happiness when we are young may change in our middle age years and in our elderly old age years. Things we once valued as happiness may now make us unhappy. And that, which we did not value as happiness in our youth, may now be essential to our happiness. If we do not achieve our goal we may feel misery instead of happiness.”
“In the words of Einstein “to make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me;” … “the ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.” (iii) The wiser person will not choose happiness as the purpose of life but will rather seek happiness as a benefit of existence given unto self, by the mental factor, which identifies the joy of living as being achieved only by enjoying goodness, beauty, and truth. Strengthened by this conviction, we immediately recognise that the joy of goodness, beauty, and truth, can only be achieved through calm inner peace, inspired by love and compassion. And so it becomes clear that the purpose of existence is inner peace, and becomes absolute happiness, which is only fulfilled by our own creation of spiritual calm, and by our enthusiasm for and appreciation of goodness, beauty and truth.”
Spiritual Calm is free of Anger, Envy, Jealousy, Hate, Frustration, Impatience, Abuse, and Violence.
Spiritual Calm is Caring, Loving, Kind, Gentle, Assuring, Courteous, Chivalrous, and Non-violent.
“The purpose of life thus becomes clear to be that which we create and the wiser person feels the purpose of life as being inner peace. Through the process of aging and change of life, we can channel inner peace and always enjoy goodness, beauty, and truth. Regardless of whatever direction our life takes, we will never let go of this self-realisation and we will always adapt to fulfil our changing needs and so through inner peace we become absolute in happiness, always in harmony with self, others, Gaia, God, and the Universe. The mental factor is the key and it begins with enthusiasm.”
Allan Ivarsson 1999
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…” (iv)
Dalai Lama 1993
Lecture delivered at Arizona State University USA
“It is true the very motion of our life is towards happiness, but this motion of activity is wiser when happiness is enjoyed as a benefit of peace, not as a goal. One thing alone stands clear above all things, the path of peace can only be fulfilled by love, compassion and kindness, and to achieve such infinite peace, we must begin within ourselves, and radiate our sense of calm outwardly sharing love and peace with others. Thus the purpose of life becomes that which we give unto ourselves. The wiser recognise that the one and only thing which stands above all else, is that peace is the true purpose of life. The benefit of peace is happiness, but even this only becomes true when we identify goodness, beauty, and truth, as our guiding light, our inspiration, and our challenge. It is the challenge, which gives us purpose, but this only becomes true when peace is our highest purpose of life.”
“I respect those persons who practice ahimsa religions, if this gives them peace, then the religion is wholesome, but this is only true when the religion respects other different beliefs, other religious and non-religious convictions. Sadly though, tolerance for other religions and non-religious beliefs has throughout history been almost non-existent. Religion, too often backed by bigotry, intolerance, and hatred, has imposed oppression, cruelty, torture, and murder. Such evil violent acts contradicts the so-called good of religion, and by acts of violence and fixed dogma, proves to me and all non-believers in religion that the fire of religion cannot be trusted with the flame of freedom which belongs to all peace loving people. For this reason alone, Cosmicism rejects religion, and respects and tolerates only those religious persons who live genuinely in peace, sharing love, compassion, and kindness with others.”
The secret of happiness reveals itself when you recognise that happiness is not constant. Happiness is a living experience of joy that floats with you through your life, and becomes true by your good attitude of loyalty to truth, justice and honour. Happiness becomes that what is really a revelation of you. Know that only through diligence shall you find your right path and destiny. Never pursue happiness, for by chasing happiness you shall not find it. The way of inner peace, free of fear and inhibitions is the road of happiness. To know happiness there are three basic attributes you must feel…
Always be enthusiastic – Live for Challenge throughout your life and be adaptable.
Be Open minded – Strive to survive in harmony with existence.
Be active – Feel Compassion, and Passion, Love Peace, People & Gaia.
Allan Ivarsson 1999
(i) Article: ‘You Can’t Think Your Way to God.’ An Interview with Michael Domeyko Rowland, By Leo Drioli. Golden Age Magazine Issue 34. Merlin Publications Pty. Ltd. Highbury, South Australia.
(ii) Safire, William Lend Me Your Ears ‘Great Speeches In History’. Selected and Introduced by William Safire Publisher … W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. New York N.Y. First published in 1992 in United States of America. First read by Allan Ivarsson in 1998. ‘A great inspirational companion. Buy the book and witness history.’
(iii) I Believe … Nineteen Personal Philosophies. Compiled and published by Unwin books…London. Notes: extract by Albert Einstein First published in 1940 in Great Britain. First read by Allan Ivarsson in 1972. ‘An essential book- should belong in everyone’s library.’
(iv) Lama, Dalai, & Cutler, Howard C. The Art of Happiness ‘A handbook for living’. By Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler Publisher … Hodder Headline Australia P/L Sydney NSW. First published in 1998 in Australia and New Zealand. First read by Allan Ivarsson in 1999. ‘Give yourself a peaceful treat- read this good book.’
Thought for the day…
Truth has many points of view, which seem to be in opposition to each other, but are not really. For all truths are jigsaw pieces which add to create the big cosmic picture. Truth has many points of view and the sum of truth is the big picture. Truth is by feeling; Truth is by experience; Truth is by facts. Truth as feeling, experience, and facts when consulted pragmatically, can help us, when we are in harmony with an open mind, which knows no limits. Learn to know infinite reality-cosmic nature. And who we are, why we are here, and the purpose of our being, and our link to cosmic existence. Heaven and hell is created in life. How well or badly we live shall be what we experience.
Life is about choices, right and wrong, good and bad, honourable and dishonourable. We decide our direction- it is our choice, our decision alone that creates our karma, good or bad.
The only thing we cannot control in the process of our will power, is the threat of the forces of nature and the attack of evil. Outside of that dangerous reality… our destiny exists in self-determination, controlled by pragmatic positive mental attitude process.
We can however, think wise, think pragmatic, think open mind and thing safety and think survive to the best of our ability.
Being injured or killed by the forces of nature or the negligence of others or by evil attacks, is not bad karma, it is simply bad luck. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can unfairly takes us down.
Nature is not fair and just. It has no awareness but its own cycle of reaction to reaction.
Evil is what it is… always unjust.
May Peace Be with You Always.
Allan Ivarsson 1999
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