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Question:

Why am I not happy with my-self? why am I continuously looking for someone/something/some situation to make me happy or make me feel that I am happy?

Answer:

There is no Happiness/Sukha in this world, but the mind does not want to recognize this truth. Life gives us a glimpse of this truth, every now and then, but the mind does not want to accept it. It seems like a negative or depressed outlook towards life. But it is the truth that there is no Sukkha in this world. Sounds bitter! Sounds unhappy! Sounds unpleasant! But the truth is the truth!

Unfortunately, as the mind cannot swallow this bitter pill, it starts building castles in the air, in the hope that it will find Sukkha. That is why it keeps looking for sukkha outside in the world. It gives a false notion that there will be sukkha in the future, in the company of a particular person. Believing in this false notion of the mind, one keeps looking for sukkha in people but receives only disappointment.

The mind does not have the courage to accept the Truth. This non-acceptance is so strong that it traps you in another false notion that obtaining a particular thing/object might give you that Sukkha but it only brings temporary joy that passes away in a jiffy. No joy lasts long enough to satiate the mind, every thing is ephemeral. This leaves you very thirsty.

The mind now starts running again, this time craving for a situation but fails again in finding the Sukkha, and just obtains a material object that brings the same unpleasantness associated with impermanence.

The mind wants everlasting Sukkha but fails again and again without giving up. That is why the mind is ever thirsty, not because it does not find things/situations/people to quench its thirst but because it is looking for permanence in them which cannot be found anywhere on this planet. It really has taken up a mission that is impossible!

It is the ultimate Truth that the thirst of the MIND cannot be quenched by objects/people/situations. The wise ones realize this TRUTH by their own experience. The unwise mind lacks the courage to accept this Truth.

Therefore the wise proclaim that the cause of your misery is your own mind. The wise STOP running and learn the skill to just BE with what is. What is, IS! The joy of STOPPING cannot be matched by RUNNING. 

The only effort is in STOPPING! So learn to STOP. That is the only address for Mr. Permanent Contentment!

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