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Hunting Happiness

We all strive for happiness. But learn the hard way where it lies. It eludes most
throughout life. We have developed many phrases, in our struggle to get to happiness:
"If you want to feel happy and rich just count all the things that money cannot buy". "To
defy all arithmetic logic to multiply happiness one should divide" Daan (charity) is
advocated by all religious and spiritual guides.
Once you graduate to an optimum contentment level, then everything else is secondary.
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Truth and beauty inspire spirituality for truth is beauty and beauty is truth. Beauty and
truth are both the manifestation of God. Satya (truth) is Shiva (God) and Shiva is
beauty.
This is the absolute. The ultimate for all living and non-living entities. Poets and
philosophers have been ecstatic in their writing on the subject.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever" are immortal lines of the romantic poet John Keats
(1795-1821)
In his poem Ode On A Grecian Urn he identifies an age old urn as the source of the
ultimate happiness for it does not change like love.
"Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time ...
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
The poet could perhaps find beauty that remains for eternity only in a Grecian Urn the
other beauties dwindle and fade away. The living love stories mostly disappoint.