04 April 2010

Happiness


Janaka said:

13.1
The tranquil state
of knowing Self alone is rare —
even among those who own but a loincloth.
I therefore neither renounce nor accept
and am happy.

13.2
The body is strained by practices.
The tongue tires of scripture.
The mind numbs with meditation.
Detached from all this,
I live as I am.

13.3
Realizing that nothing is done,
I do what comes
and am happy.

13.4
Yogis who preach either effort or non-effort
are still attached to the body.
I neither dissociate nor associate with any of that
and am happy.

13.5
I have nothing to gain or lose
by standing, walking, or sitting down.
So whether I stand, walk, or sit,
I am happy.

13.6
I do not lose by sleeping nor attain by effort.
Not thinking in terms of loss or gain,
I am happy.

13.7
Pleasure and pain fluctuate
and are inconsistent.
Without good or bad,
I live happily.