Book of the Month : January 2023 – You are the Happiness you Seek – by Rupert Spira

You Are the Happiness You Seek: Uncovering the Awareness of Being by [Rupert Spira]

In this book, Rupert Spira distills the message of all the great religious and spiritual traditions into two essential truths: happiness is the very nature of our self or being, and we share our being with everyone and everything.

Drawing on numerous examples from his own experience, Spira demonstrates that to seek lasting happiness through objects, situations and relationships is destined for failure and disappointment, and skillfully guides the reader to recognize that we are already the happiness we seek.

This book is for anyone who yearns for lasting happiness and is open to the possibility that it is continuously available within ourselves, irrespective of our circumstances.

Could there be any greater discovery in life than to know that we are already that for which we long?

This book is incredible in that, to my mind at least, it finally gives an understanding of myself and my relationship to everyone and everything else in the universe.

The peace and happiness that we all seek is described, not as long life of spiritual seeking, full of mantras and psychedelic drugs, but instead consists of dealing with qualities that are, who we inherently are. These are peace and happiness.They are simply veiled by our incessant need for experiences and the idea that each of us is separate from every being and everything. This separateness also creates the idea of time and space, rather than being in the now.

We are truly spirit and as such, suffering is totally imposed on us by our mind. Returning to our true self, without the illusion of Ego, gives us the way dealing with, not only suffering, but all sorts of thought and experience based issues.

A final statement of “knowing. oneself “ reminds me of Socrates. Until now, I not truly understood this statement. As Rupert Spira contends, we cannot understand the universe until we understand our most intimate part of the Universe, Ourselves.