Happiness is an interstate of well being. A state of well being enables us to profit from our highest thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotion, health and spiritual values in our life. Happiness is when we think, what we say and what we do in harmony. A happy person is not a person in certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitude. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole and end of human existence. Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us fulfilled, it never decreases by being shared. It is not merely a life lived by accumulating moments of pleasure on the contrary it is a long lasting, enduring total well being of life. It is being love with living.
Metta means loving kindness. When we do metta practice we begin by directing metta towards ourselves. This is the essential foundation for being able to offer genuine love to others. When we truly love ourselves we want to take care of others, because that is what is most enriching or nourishing for us. When we have a genuine inner life, we are intimate with ourselves and intimate with others too. The insight into our inner world allows us to connect to everyone around us so that we can see quite clearly the oneness of all that lives. We see that all beings want to be happy and that this impulse unites us. We can recognize the rightness and beauty of our common urge towards happiness and realize intimacy in this shared urge. If we are practicing metta and we can see the goodness in ourselves or in someone else, then we reflect on that fundamental action. ‘Just as I want to be happy, all beings want to be happy’. This reflection gives rise to openness, awareness and love. As we commit to these values, we become embodiments of lineage that stretches back through beginningless time. All good people of all times have wanted to express openness, awareness and love. With every phrase of metta, we are declaring our alignment with these values. Metta is the priceless treasure that enlightens us and brings us onto much intimacy with ourselves and others. It is the force of love that leads us to embrace happiness in life.
Bangladesh Buddhist Welfare and Peace Society