How to be free of happiness and sadness?

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Acharya Prashant:

What does it mean to be free from both happiness and sadness?

It means being free from obligations to label happiness as joy.

It means being free from obligations to label sadness as loss of self-worth.

When you say, “Happiness, is happiness,” then you are free from happiness. When you say, “Sadness is just sadness,” then you have gained freedom from sadness.

Being free from happiness and sadness does not mean that you will prohibit yourself from experiencing happiness and sadness.

Let happiness come. And when happiness comes, you must allow its unrestricted entry. This boldness, to not to restrict happiness is the Truth. It is unconditional.

You are saying, “Happiness can come in without conditions.” Now you are free of happiness, now happiness doesn’t matters to you. Are you getting this?

Listener 1: How do I live this way?

AP: When happiness has notions attached to it, then happiness is no more happiness. When happiness becomes significant to you, when happiness means much more to you, then it is no more happiness, happiness becomes a proxy for joy.

Spirituality means to know happiness just as happiness.

Spirituality means happiness is not a proxy for joy. So, I do not need to label the conditional as unconditional. So, I do not need to label the changeable as unchangeable. So, I do not need to label happiness as contentment.

Are you getting this?

I can then celebrate happiness. I can then celebrate sadness. I can then celebrate all change. I see all of that as happening in front of me, and I sit here in the center unchangeable, unshakeable, untouchable.

Do you get this?

Listener 2: Celebrating sadness, this is the difficult part…

AP: You see, sadness becomes much more than sadness to us. Let me ask you something, Can you be sad forever? Is it possible to carry on your sadness for long, for extremely long? Is it possible?

Listener 2: No, may not be possible…

AP: I know of fellows, who become extremely sad when something unwanted happens to them.

Let me pick an example.

I was in college at IIT, and there was a fellow, a topper from his school. And he would come after the exam and say it went really bad and he would appear tense and nervous. And my condition would hardly be any different. I would say, “For me too, it went quite bad.” And then we would you know, sit gravely facing each other and after a while, one of us would start giggling and then it would turn into an uncontrolled laughter.

If you let sadness go deeply into you, there is no way it is not going to touch joy. The joy of laughing at your miseries is an unparalleled joy. And I really hope that you have experienced it at some point or another.

It is great when you can laugh in your happiness.
It is greater when you can laugh at your happiness.
And it is greatest when you can laugh even at your sadness.

Are you getting this?

And when I say, “Laugh,” I do not mean an ordinary laughter, I mean something that really arises from your heart. You are laughing at your own destruction. Is that not what egolessness is? You are being destroyed, you are being brought down brick by brick, bone by bone and you feel like giggling, like a mad man, like an idiot. What else is joy? What else is joy?

Do you get this?

There is such deep joy in looking at yourself, being undone – I am dissolving, I am going, I am dying, and I am winking.

We have all for too long though that it is possible to smile only when we are being furthered, only when we are being secured and enhanced. I assure you that all spirituality is about smiling when you are being annihilated. That is the really spiritual man.

He knows that he is being shredded, he knows he is going, he knows that he is being reduced and he finds it funny. He finds it a joke.

“You know what, I just lost my other arm also, what a joke.”

“So, why have you came to me?”

“Because I can no more click a selfie. Now, can you do it for me? What funny pic it would be, no arms any more, and by the time you will click, I would’ve lost a leg as well. And that’s funny, that’s quite funny.”

That’s the spiritual one, who celebrates his disappearance.

Do you get this? Yes?

Happiness and sadness are both wonderful, are both welcome. But in some deep sense, sadness is a little better than the happiness, it teaches us a little more than happiness does. It elevates us a little more that happiness does. It has a certain purifying effect that happiness doesn’t quite have. That does not means that happiness is not welcome, both are welcome, happiness is welcome, equally welcome.



-Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity

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2 thoughts on “How to be free of happiness and sadness?

  1. “It is great when you can laugh in your happiness.
    It is greater when you can laugh at your happiness.
    And it is greatest when you can laugh even at your sadness.”

    Wow, laughing at your own sadness, a great jolt to the ego.

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    • Dear remembrance1blog

      Greetings from PrashantAdvait Foundation
      (This reply comes to you by the volunteers of the foundation who maintain, the blog.)

      It is beautiful and amazing to see that you are reading Acharya Ji with such devotion.
      Below are listed some of the initiatives by the foundation through which you can connect to Acharya Prashant.

      Connect to Acharya Prashant:
      1. Advait Learning Camps (ALC): Advait Learning Camps are monthly 4-day retreats under the guidance of Acharya Prashant in the Himalayas. To participate in the camps, Contact Sh. Anshu Sharma: +91-8376055661 or Sh. Kundan Singh: +91-9999102998

      2. Course in Realization (CIR): Course in Realization is a seven-day scripture based learning program led by Acharya Prashant. To join, either physically or online, contact Sh. Apaar: +91-9818591240

      3. Month of AwakeninG (MAG): Attend Satsangs from Home! MAG is an online series of discourses on handpicked topics by Acharya Prashant on practical and relevant topics like Love, Fear, Achievement etc. To join the online discourses, contact: Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      4. Meet the Master (MTM): Meet the Master is an opportunity to meet and seek detailed guidance from Acharya Prashant, either in person or online. Contact: Sushri Anoushka Jain: +91-9818585917

      5. Blessings from Beyond: Weekends with Acharya Prashant brings you the unique opportunity for a 2 day 2 night stay with the Master every month. It involves two mystical days of dynamic activities, explorations of the self, sports, meditative reading, deep reflections, midnight walks and more.

      Contact Ms. Anu Batra:+91-9555554772

      Venue: Advait Bodhsthal, Greater Noida, India.

      6. A Day With Master: A day with the Master’ is a rare opportunity for genuine seekers from all across the world to spend 12 hours with the Master at the Advait BodhSthal Ashram – Greater Noida.

      To register yourself, to spend the day with the Master, send in your request at: requests@prashantadvait.com
      or,
      call at: +91-9555554772

      7. Triyog: Daily morning 2 hour Yoga feast for your total well-being. Comprising of Hatha Yog, Bhakti Yog and Gyan Yog.

      Contact: Shri Kundan Singh: +91-9999102998

      Venue: Advait Bodhsthal, Greater Noida, India.

      To join any of the above initiatives, send your specified application to:

      requests@prashantadvait.com

      Shubhakankshi,
      PrashantAdvait Foundation

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