Hinduism’s Guide to Finding Happiness by Reaching Nothingness

nikhil chandwani

Have you ever gone out on a random evening to a garden and seen the children playing? If not, go out tomorrow. Look at the kids playing. Look at those happy faces, look at the spark in their eyes. They are happy because they are playing. Joy will not result in the end, but right now. Moment to moment, they are so glad — not that something great will happen in the future — it is happening already. They are in eternity. Sadly, when they’re grown-ups, they will have to learn how to do the work, they’ll have to spend time doing things they don’t like. They’ll be taught to be always scared of tomorrow. Toxic desires will take over their mind.

However, fret not. Hinduism offers the world’s oldest way to becoming a happy child again – Dhyana.

In Dhyana or meditation, you will become a kid again, playing, with no presumption of the future, enjoying this very moment, enjoying the act in itself, naturally. Your toxic desires will dissolve & the moment it happens, you are enlightened. You are transformed.

So what in Dhyana, and how does it work?

Dhyāna in Hinduism means meditation and introspection. The root of the word is Dhi, which in the oldest layer of the text of the Vedas refers to “imaginative vision” and is associated with Maa Saraswati with powers of wisdom, knowledge, and unlimited poetic eloquence. This term developed into the variant Dhya- and Dhyana, or “meditation.”

Dhyana is the “application of mind to the chosen point of concentration” and “sustained attention.” It is the process of the mind.

Staying unoccupied and ‘in the now is the ultimate hack to Dhyana or Meditation.

Meditation is to be, not doing anything – no thought, no effort, no cellphone, no feeling, no sentiments. You just are. And it is a total pleasure by doing nothing. From where does this satisfaction come when you are not doing anything? Just like the cosmos, it comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywhere. It is causeless because existence is made of the stuff called joy. It needs no reason, no justification. If you are unhappy, you have a reason to be low; if you are delighted, you are delighted – there is no justification for it, no reason for it. Your mind tries to find a reason because it cannot trust the ’causeless’ because it cannot regulate the uncaused – with the causeless, the mind simply becomes powerless. So the mind goes on randomly finding some reason or other. But I would like to confirm to you that whenever you are happy, you are happy for no particular reason at all; whenever you are sad, you have some reason to be low – because happiness is your birthright; it is your prized possession. You don’t need reasons to be happy, and even though your brain wants to trick you into believing the causes, the reality is otherwise; it is causeless. It is really your very being; it is purely your innermost core. Joy is your innermost core.

So, as per the definition of Dhyana in Hinduism, which states application of mind to the chosen point of concentration” and “sustained attention, what should your point of concentration?

Answer) Nothingness

Sit and concentrate on your breathing and think about nothing else when doing meditation or Dhayana. You are not supposed to think about nothingness. The brain’s ability is to think. By meditating, you can learn how to observe thoughts and let them go without them affecting you. It will take you, every day.

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