Everyone in the world is in the search for happiness. We work hard and dedicate our lives to study so that we can end up enjoying ourselves and finding bliss and peace. However, very few actually become happy; for most their life is hurdled with misery and dissatisfaction. We continue to indulge in more and more bad habits hoping that by indulging, happiness will find its way to us; but this is never the end result. Many take to smoking, drinking alcohol, over eating, over sleeping, becoming lazy, etc. but they still do not find satisfaction.
In life to attain satisfaction and to become happy, people learn different trades and various tricks to get ahead in the world. Some of these skills and clever minds bring many material rewards. Some own big houses in a number of states, several fast and fancy cars, multiple assets portfolios in several countries, untold stocks and shares but still their lives are empty. Real long lasting and deep satisfaction has not been found.
The Guru tells us in Japji,
|ਭੁਖਿਆ ਭੁਖ ਨ ਉਤਰੀ ਜੇ ਬੰਨਾ ਪੁਰੀਆ ਭਾਰ ॥ ਸਹਸ ਸਿਆਣਪਾ ਲਖ ਹੋਹਿ ਤ ਇਕ ਨ ਚਲੈ ਨਾਲਿ ॥ |
ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ ॥ ਹੁਕਮਿ ਰਜਾਈ ਚਲਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ॥੧॥
|Bẖukẖiā bẖukẖ na uṯrī jė bannā purīā bẖār. Sahas siāṇpā lakẖ hohi ṯa ik na cẖalai nāl. |
Kiv sacẖiārā hoīai kiv kūrhai ṯutai pāl. Hukam rajāī cẖalṇā Nānak likẖiā nāl. ॥1॥
|The hunger of the hungry is not appeased, even by piling up loads of worldly goods. |
Even if you learn hundreds of thousands of clever tricks, even one will not accompany you
|ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਵੇਖੈ ਨਦਰਿ ਨਿਹਾਲ ॥|
|Kar kar vėkẖai naḏar nihāl.|
|Having created the creation, He watches over it. |
With Grace, He bestows happiness.