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The Way of Happiness


Tri Hita Karana is a Hindu philosophy. Tri means three, hita means that which brings happiness and karana means the way or manner.   Thus Tri Hita Karana means three ways to obtain spiritual and physical happiness.  The doctrine of Tri Hita Karana promotes a means for humans to live in harmonious relationship with all of life.  The three relationship groupings are human-to-human, human-to-environment, and human-to-the Divine.

A contemplative way to begin to explore these relationships is by asking yourself:

  1. Do I have a healthy relationship with my own self? What does a healthy balanced relationship look like and feel within me?
  2. What is a healthy balanced way in which I can relate to the environment?
  3. What does it mean for me to have a wholesome relationship with the Divine?

No need to worry about the answers.  Simply asking the questions allows the answers to arrive. As Rainer Maria Rilke has said,

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live the question.  And the point is to live everything.  Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live into the answer.”

Of course a lighter, but just as inspiring view of contemplation comes from Albert Einstein, who said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”  He also went on to say, “It’s not that I’m so smart.  But I stay with the questions much longer.”  Enjoy the questions, make them your own, be curious about the way of happiness and wonder!

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