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Happiness is Your Birthright

By Gurucharan Singh

Artwork by Yogi Bhajan. ©The Teachings of Yogi BhajanBy Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, KRI Director of Training

Happiness is your birthright!  Accept it.  Live it.  Enjoy it.  Each person, regardless of wealth, status, age, or religion has the hidden desire to be happy.  The urge for happiness is behind every other desire.  The problem is that each person also forms a hidden or subconscious pattern that creates unhappiness.  We learn those patterns.  We learn to be unhappy.  Some people even identify and depend on the unhappiness.  80% of us learn to communicate and manipulate through some form of dishonesty to the self, self-pity, negative mood, or gossip.  In this way we stand in our own shadow and wonder why it’s not sunny.

Actually, the sun is shining all the time.  We need only clear the clouds or rise above them.  We need tools to rid the subconscious of the patterns of performance and the hidden self-concepts that block us from perceiving and choosing our birthright of happiness.

Happiness is a choice.  It comes from the realization that we are complete in design, structure, and potential.  Happiness is never found in circumstance, possessions, or relationships.  It is an attitude we bring to all those areas of life.

Even success, by itself, does not bring happiness.  It must be a success that is ours, that fulfills our identity, and that we accept without fear of scarcity or loss of personal control and clarity.  We have an instinct for survival—to protect ourselves by fear, selfishness, and narrowness.  We succeed and gain money, resources, knowledge, skills, or relationships.  Then we become afraid to share or express those things because there won’t be enough or because they will not be in our control as we want them to be.

This is a basic conflict: a fundamental birthright and nature to be happy and live as an unlimited soul, which is opposed by instincts to narrow, contract, and live as a limited mind struggling for control.

Happiness is your birthright!