The Moment We Encounter True Happiness

Ilie Cioara

listen_btn

Image of the Week

The moment we encounter true Happiness, we are in fact outside time and space. The “ego” – with its intrinsic duality – has completely disappeared.

In that moment, the Sacred within us, also existent in the whole universe, becomes one “Whole” and a Unique movement, in a permanent renewal.

Do we truly experience this union, or do we merely understand it intellectually? You alone can answer this question.

Each human being – from the moment of birth until the moment of the so-called death – persistently searches for this mysterious Happiness. Unfortunately, most people make the mistake of searching for it with the thinking mind.

Because Happiness has no motivations, It is not part of the limited world. Its nature is infinite; therefore the knowing mind cannot encounter It, or understand It, or imagine It.

Happiness comes to us by Itself, and It envelops our whole being when the mind becomes humble and silent, as it has understood its inability to encounter the Unknown.

Lucid Attention – with Its flashes – dissipates all the darkness, as well as the baggage of the dysfunctional mind.

In the empty space of peace or no-mind, our being is extended into Infinity; in that moment, the Divinity within us reveals we are one with the Source of the Sacred. In such an environment of “Pure Consciousness”, Happiness is present as a natural fulfillment and It is unlike anything that can be found in this perishable world.

Ilie Cioara was an [almost unknown] Romanian mystic who lived much of his life under Soviet occupation. As a result, his practice was solitary and hidden. He began his spiritual life as a Christian mystic, but at some point switched over to mantra meditation. After 20 years of practice, one day he felt an intuitive impulse to drop the mantra, and just practice the silence of the mind, by listening to the noises on the street, in the now. Much of his teachings were stowed away prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. He taught quietly from that time until his death in 2004 (aged 88), and authored 16 books.

Seed questions for reflection: What does 'true Happiness' mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to experience Happiness as a natural fulfillment and unlike anything that can be found in this perishable world? What helps you avoid the mistake of searching for Happiness with the thinking mind?

Add Your Reflection:

9 Previous Reflections:

  • link
    On Dec 18, 2020 beyond garage wrote:
    thanks for the information. Every moment we are looking for happiness. Be Happy. without happiness, there is no life

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 17, 2020 Sandip Sheta wrote:
    Happiness depends upon ourselves...

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 15, 2020 David wrote:
    I recently read his books "Life is Eternal Newness" and "The Wonderous Journey: Into the Depth of our Being" and loved them. His background is really encouraging, as I imagine he dealt with very challenging hardships with what was happening in his home town at that time. Also, he never travelled outside Romania, so we can all "tap in" wherever we are and whatever his circumstances. So glad a volunteer discovered his writings, as it took me many years to do so.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 15, 2020 Deven Pravin Shah wrote:
    I try to stay in the moment and smile without holding on to a memory in the past or craving for something in the future. It is challenging to do, harder than I had thought initially. However, when it works, I can feel the stillness, even if momentarily.

    When I am in that space and not in my thinking mind, I can relate to the idea of happiness, as explained in this article.

    In the meantime, I remind myself to find reasons to smile no matter what the circumstance. It connects me to that tranquil peace and happiness and abundance from inside.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 15, 2020 Patrick wrote:
    I often dismiss with my mantra when outside and simply listen as I let my mind empty. It has become easier in my 70th year.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 15, 2020 Dagmar wrote:
    As a child I once encountered a talking flower . That made me happy.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 14, 2020 Usha Amin wrote:
    Truly resonate with ilie Cioara.
    My experience of nothingness or emptiness is in the moment of pause, which is the momentbetween the in-breathand the out-breath, is that moment of absolute bliss. The bliss is us, within us, at every moment of our breath. This moment is the experience of "Unity with the Universe". The experience of "Unity is Divinty", the one-ness with the Divine!

    Usha Amin
    Bangalore

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 11, 2020 David Doane wrote:
    Wow, what an essay -- as I read, it began to be a meditation as I very much resonated with what IlieCioara wrote. To me, the closest I get to true happiness is when I get to my Source which is one with the Source. I've had brief experiences of exquisite happiness when I get past my body and mind, past my thinking, and get to my Source which is my essence or soul that is me and the Source. What helps me avoid the mistake of searching for Happiness with the thinking mind is my learning and knowing that thinking gets me to local, temporal ego and maybe in the direction of the Source, but not to my nonlocal eternal Source and Happiness. Thinking isn't enough. Thinking is in time and space, and Happiness is an experience beyond time and space.

    Post Your Reply
  • link
    On Dec 11, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    We all have a deep longing for Happiness. It is the Sacred within us. It is an egoless Presence with no time and space boundaries. It is Universal. It is Within us. It is Divinity within us. It is Pure Consciousness. It is Holy. I feel the presence of Happiness when my thinking mind is quiet. I feel the presence of Happiness when I let go of searching for Happiness. It is always within us like pure love, clear light, complete silence. I experience such Happiness when I am fully present with myselfor with others; when I am fully absorbed in what I am doing. These are the times when I in the Flow of Happiness. Daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation, serving others selflessly, loving others kindly and unconditionally helps me. I am not against thinking mind. I need to think to solve the problems when I encounter them. I use my mind to make wise choices. I am thinking when I am responding to these questions. I am happy to reflect on this wonderful reading close to my heart. Namaste! Ja... [View Full Comment] We all have a deep longing for Happiness. It is the Sacred within us. It is an egoless Presence with no time and space boundaries. It is Universal. It is Within us. It is Divinity within us. It is Pure Consciousness. It is Holy.

    I feel the presence of Happiness when my thinking mind is quiet. I feel the presence of Happiness when I let go of searching for Happiness. It is always within us like pure love, clear light, complete silence. I experience such Happiness when I am fully present with myselfor with others; when I am fully absorbed in what I am doing. These are the times when I in the Flow of Happiness.

    Daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation, serving others selflessly, loving others kindly and unconditionally helps me. I am not against thinking mind. I need to think to solve the problems when I encounter them. I use my mind to make wise choices. I am thinking when I am responding to these questions. I am happy to reflect on this wonderful reading close to my heart.
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave'


    [Hide Full Comment]

    Post Your Reply

Search Awakin Readings

Or search by year, author, or category.

Subscribe to Weekly Email

Every week, we send out a digest with a reading and inspiring stories to our global community of 93,963 people. Subscribe below.

(unsubscribe)

Contact Us

If you'd like to suggest a thought or want to drop us a suggestion, drop us a note.