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Further to enlightenment, i believe one would be completely happy
at all times regardless of environment.

Sir, u stated earlier that one then can continue enjoying objects.

But when the person is already happy, why would there be need to
'enjoy objects' in the first place, isn't that contradictory.

If we are already full of happiness, why would there be need of
anything else?

Answer
Hi,

Understanding the nature/type/degree/source of happiness will resolve this contradiction. In addition one needs to understand the relationship between happiness and mind.

Nature of happiness: We all understand this perfectly. EVERYONE without exception, KNOWS the nature of happiness because we experience happiness often in life.

Type of happiness: There is a misconception among people on the type of happiness. They assume that there are two types of happiness. One is worldly happiness and the other is spiritual happiness. This is WRONG. There ARE NO TYPES in happiness. There is only one type which all of us - whether enlightened or not - experience in life. There is no separate 'heavenly' happiness.

Degree of happiness: There are various levels. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes very happy etc. Traditionally we have classified it in three degrees- Priya-Modha-Pramodha. Priya is when we see or come to know about an object which we like a lot. Modha is when we own/possess that object. Pramodha is when we enjoy that object.

Source of Happiness: Ignorant people do not know the source of happiness. They assume the world is making them happy/ unhappy. Once they study the scriptures and discover the true source of happiness they get enlightened.

Relationship of Happiness and Mind: Happiness is independent of Mind. Happiness is real/ unchanging/ eternal. Mind is always oscillating depending on the environment. Since the environment is always changing, mind will continue to sway.

With the light of above explanation, let me now answer your question.

Question: Further to enlightenment, i believe one would be completely happy
at all times regardless of environment.

Answer: All beliefs are wrong. The correct status can be known only after enlightenment. Even after enlightenment the mind will continue to sway but the enlightened person does not identify himself/herself with the mind. They do not worry about the oscillation of the mind and remain unchanging/unaffected.

Question: Sir, u stated earlier that one then can continue enjoying objects.

Answer: My response will always correspond to the question. I might tell someone 'Unless you stop drinking coffee, you will not attain enlightenment.'. To another person I might tell 'You can even eat non-veg food and still you can attain enlightenment. There is no contradiction. BOTH the statements are correct FOR THE PERSON TO WHOM they are intended.


Question: But when the person is already happy, why would there be need to
'enjoy objects' in the first place, isn't that contradictory.

Answer: Suppose you are already happy, will you not tell your friend 'come let us go to a movie?' Since you are already happy, why do you want to go out with your friend and enjoy a movie/restaurant etc? There is no contradiction. We enjoy objects because we are happy. If you are sad you cannot even enjoy an ice cream or mango!

Question: If we are already full of happiness, why would there be need of
anything else?

Answer: Absolutely there is NO NEED. But enjoying the world is the natural outcome of enlightenment.

 
Thanks for asking this important question. If you need more clarification DO NOT ask a follow up question. Please post a new question WITHOUT QUOTING this answer. If you want to understand the answer, you should ask a short question.

The words that you read here have no meaning UNLESS you grasp the essence. If you do not grasp the essence the words will appear to be contradicting.

Best wishes,
Raja Subramaniyan  

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