The Fourfold Path to True Happiness
Every individual has a diamond within, and this pure diamond represents Right Mind. The diamond within everyone is essentially the same, … . Those who make the effort to polish the diamond within become angels of light. So if you continue to refine your inner diamond, it will surely shine. This is true for everyone.
Through daily effort to explore Right Mind, you will enter the stage in which you seek true happiness.
The Fourfold Path
The first principle of happiness is love. This love is not the kind of love that you expect to receive from others. This love is love that gives… . Even if you seem to have a completely different personality form anyone around you, your true nature is essentially the same as the true nature of everyone else. This is the basis of true love. It is only because you think you are separate from other people that friction and discord arise.
What exactly does it mean to love others? It means wishing for the good of others, and wishing to nurture others without expecting anything in return. It is a selfless love, detached from personal desire.
The second principle of happiness is wisdom. … Many dedicated religious people believe that only their particular brand of relgion can save people, because they don’t know that Truth can also be found in other religions.
The third principle of happiness is self-reflection, which is closely related to the cultivation of Right Mind. Just as the diamond accumulates dirt if it is neglected, our souls inevitably collect dust and grime as we live in this world. Our life mission is to refine the soul.
Self-reflection precedes the fourth principle of happiness: progress. The development of progress is the development of the self, of others, and of society. The ultimate goal is to create a utopia, an ideal world on earth.
Master Ryuho Okawa is a living Buddha and the founder and spiritual leader of Happy Science. He has a law degree from the University of Tokyo and studied international finance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1986 he renounced his business career and established Happy Science, the most influential spiritual movement in Japan that now has more than 10 million members worldwide. Master Okawa is the author of more than 500 books and periodicals and lives in Japan.
Adapted from The Science of Happiness, 10 Principles for Manifesting Your Divine Nature, by Ryoho Okawa ( Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions International, 2009).
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).