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Updated: Jan 28, 2021

The ultimate goal of practicing Sunya is to attain peace and prosperity. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves why we are not happy. There are basically four reasons as to why this could happen. I want to address them as four realizations. The first realization is that the world is far from perfect. Despite there being numerous religions, none of them actually try to justify that our world is perfect because it is a fact that it isn’t.

If the world were perfect, the concept of an afterlife or heaven and hell would not exist. The fact that exists is due to our world not being satisfactory and perfect. Two common problems pertain to this ideology; we either do not get what we want or are forced to do something we do not prefer.

To achieve inner peace, we need to learn how to manage both the success and adversities in life. The second realization is that regardless of you being happy or not, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; the earth continues its rotation and revolution. In short, time never stops for anyone regardless of their state of mind and well-being. So basically, the second realization is that our happiness is just our state of mind. It has no relation to how the world functions or any other external, physical factors.

The third realization is that happiness is just a mental state, and hence, we can train our minds to attain peace and happiness. The fourth realization is that there are ways by which we can train our minds to achieve happiness. Some gurus and babas encourage practices like worshiping names and statues and forms. I'm afraid that's not right, and you will not achieve what you put your mind to. Just like the world, our mind is not perfect as well. There are many complications, most of which can be overcome.

If there is an issue with the body, there will also be an issue with the mind since they are basically connected. A healthy body enables us to have a peaceful mind. Once your mind and body are harmonized, you need to connect with the environment as well. The mind, body, and environment are three inseparable elements. If any one of them is harmed, the others are harmed accordingly. To synchronize your mind and body is the basic level of Sunya and to synchronize your mind and body with the environment is the advanced level. This article highlights the causes of unhappiness and a technique to train your mind to confront and face it.

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