Sadhguru Jaggu Vasudev, one of the world’s most famous gurus, has a handle on how to stay happy. Here, Y tunes in to his teachings.
Some of the world’s most famous names have opined on happiness; how to find it, achieve it and sustain it.
The Dalai Lama, writer Elizabeth Wurtzel and US politician Mitt Romney are among the notables to offer their take on the condition.
And it was the legendary British war time leader Winston Churchill, for instance, who said: “The way to achieve happiness is to try for perfection that is impossible to achieve, and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it.”
But is reaching a sense of inner well-being and continual contentment an art or an exact science?
Sadhguru Jaggu Vasudev, the Indian yogi, mystic, poet and author, is a man who might know the answer.
He says: “What is happiness? We can say happiness is this or that but in terms of life, your life energies are happening in a more exuberant way than it normally happens.”
Although children are naturally happy with things as simple as an empty box or a bucket of sand and some water, the cost of happiness increases in adulthood, Sadhguru explains.
Many adults find that their happiness depends on outside forces, such as relying on someone else, obtaining something else, or engaging in additional activities.
“Everybody has been happy but the problem is they’re not able to maintain it,” Sadhguru notes.
“All this effort of life, everything that you did – education, career, business, family, whatever you did – was in pursuit of happiness. “Everything that humanity has done on this planet is in pursuit of happiness,” he observes. “But these factors can be seen as externally, rather than internally, driven.”
By contrast, another way to achieve sustained, long-term happiness involves starting from the inside.
Sadhguru’s latest book, Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide To Joy offers guidance on how to achieve long-term happiness by focusing on yourself.
The role of an Isha yoga practice, as outlined by Sadhguru, is one element in the process of developing sustained happiness.
Isha yoga can help individuals develop happiness from within by building confidence and health.
According to a recent survey of 536 adults who practised Isha yoga, 98 per cent reported better mental clarity, 94 per cent achieved improved inner peace and 92 per cent attained higher levels of emotional balance.
In addition, Sadhguru says his Inner Engineering course “helps you put your life on self-start so you become in charge of your happiness, joy, and peace”.
The course, which is available online, includes guidance on how to manage all aspects of one’s being: mind, body, emotions, and “the fundamental life energy within”.
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