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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Pursuit of Happiness-1

I have always wondered about happiness. It seems like happiness comes in life in moments and remains elusive as ever. However, everyone goes on an eternal pusuit of happiness. In Manache Sloka, Saint Ramdas says ‘ Jagi sarva sukhi asa kon ahe, vichare mana tuchi shoduna pahe’ (Who is the happiest man on this earth? Try if you can find him) indicating that such a person doesn’t exist.

All religions promise to deliver an eternal happiness. Maybe, it’s this promise which attracts man towards religion. Each one of us wants to be happy. We want to hold on to the moments which make us happy and stretch them forever.

Pursuit of happiness


The story of a Pursuit


Once upon a time, there was a fool named Mohan. Mohan had a locket which he considered lucky. As he believed in carrying his luck with him, he wore the locket everywhere. One day his chain broke and his locket fell down. Mohan was frantic, he started a search for his locket.

After some time, his friend Nandan saw him crawling near the trees and asked him about it. When Mohan explained, Nandan asked him to remember the exact spot he was standing when the chain broke.

Mohan told him and his friend exclaimed, “Then, why are you looking here? The locket must be two blocks away.”

“It’s dark there. I’m afraid of the dark. It’s easier to find things in the light. Things look so clear.”

Finding happiness


Sometimes, we are just like Mohan. We like an easy and less scary way. Most of the times we seek happiness in the material things. Hence, our happiness is limited to those perishable moments. Real happiness is in our inner self. It is hidden deep within the darkest corners of our soul. We are scared to search for it in its right place because we are afraid that we won’t find it or rather we aren’t sure what we might find there.

It’s easy to find things in the light but darkness daunts us. All we can do is touch random objects or bump into them to get idea of directions in the dark. There’s another easier way, lighting the dark place. We need to light our inner self to find the happiness lying there. Happiness doesn’t have to come in life in small bursts. It could be a continuum if you dare to look for it within yourself.

What does happiness mean to you? I'd love to know your views.


  1. Don't know how to define happiness but yes, it lies in the small-small things. And it is a constant effort. Sadly, we look for happiness in wrong places, just like Mohan.

    1. Most of the time, we run after big things and forget to enjoy the small things which matter.
      Thanks for sharing.

  2. Well written ..

  3. Nice post. Happiness, I think is a state of mind. Sometimes we are happy just like that. At other times, we are not happy even when we are sorrounded by a lot of things.

    1. It is definitely a state of mind. No wonder, we don't find it outside us.
      Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very nicely expressed, Kiran. Agree with you.
    May we all find happiness!

    1. Thanks, Anita.
      I hope we all find happiness too. :)

  5. Wow Kiran, I just loved it! The way you have concluded the story with high moral is awesome! The happiness comes from within is the only happiness that makes life simple, easy, free and really happy:)

    TC! Keep smiling :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Sindhu. :) I'm so glad that you loved it.
      Have a great day. :) TC

  6. Well said Kiran.....

    I have nominated you for the “Quintet of Radiation” award. Please click on this link for details:
    All the best…

    1. Thanks Huma. I'm honoured by your appreciation.


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