Adiluhung Tony Haryadi
Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Happiness comes from Self-Knowledge, the knowledge that we have a heart or spirit that is originally perfect but has become obscured by passions and desires.
Happiness depends on our faculties: if we exercise our higher faculties (like Reason, Imagination), we will be happier than if we exercise our lower ones (mere physical pleasures)
There are examples in history of truly happy people, and they were “prophets”—people who have attained a perfect union with Ultimate Reality
We are happy to the degree to which we can emulate these prophets
We are all born with a “knowing pain in the soul,” which causes us to seek happiness, but most of us seek substitute pleasures deriving from the body which cannot resolve a pain that is essentially spiritual. (Al Ghazali)