a reply to: PaulTheDuke
This is a good question.
There are different forms of happiness. What Aphorism said is one form, the seeking of satisfaction. We usually find this temporary satisfaction
when we attain something we want, something we have been craving. But nothing lasts forever... and neither does the satisfaction, or happy state that
we gain from it. Thus we hunger again and go looking once again for happiness.
There is another form of happiness, which is more subtle. It does not hinge on the need for anything, but rather it is cultivated by oneself from
within. It is the removal of the habits which cause us stress and suffering, and the cultivation of the habits which brings us love and joy.
This is the type of happiness that can endure all things, because it is outside of all things. It is brought forth as a steady stream of cool
refreshing water for oneself and for others. A stream that is always flowing.
How do we attain such happiness? By practicing compassion, for oneself, for others. Practicing virtue, love, forgiveness, and by not carrying so much
weight on our shoulders all the time. The less you lie, cheat, hurt, anger, the less you have to remember, the less you carry, and the lighter you
One also has to ask the right questions in order to cultivate understanding, knowledge and wisdom. This is so we can keep bringing fulfilling actions
into our lives, into the world, through our own actions. Do not be reactionary to the world, but seek to understand yourself and the phenomena in the
world so you can move into whatever you are doing with complete awareness and mindfulness.
Through practice and cultivation, one can attain this type of happiness, and one can become a source of it.