The happiness and sorrows that we experience in our mind has no power to affect our soul, which is above both emotions, says DR SANJAY TEOTIA

Happiness and sorrow are two sides of same coin, and one cannot exist without the other. Regrets in life and struggles in difficult times such as facing adverse situations can teach us so many things.

We always see sorrows as negatives, but that is not the right attitude towards sorrow. We must see them as positive opportunities that teach us to face adversities with courage and a smile. According to Lord Buddha, sorrow is an eternal truth which teaches us a lot about life.

A person should not run away from darkness and adverse situations; instead, he should face them with courage and go with the flow. This keeps us focused on finding a solution for the mystery that surrounds us. Sooner or later, we will be able to resolve the trouble we find ourselves struggling with.

Dr Sanjay Teotia

If we face sorrows and hardships of life with the right attitude, we find that a certain kind of divine energy, or faith in God fills us. We find that this reduces our tensions and any regrets we might experience because of these hardships.

According to the Bhagavad Gita, happiness and sorrows are part and parcel of human life and we have to accept both. But this does not mean that we find pleasure in another person’s sorrows; what it means is that we have to remain normal in every situation — neither too happy in happier times nor too sad during adverse situations.

In the course of a typical day, we experience many types of emotions; sadness is one of them. If we don’t watch out, the dark clouds that come along with sadness may suck us in into a vortex of unhappiness. So, begin your day with positivity and soon enough, your day will go auspiciously well.

It is due to our way of looking at things that we can either be sad because of a small incident the whole day or we can forget it in a very short period and thus enjoy the remaining part of the day. Actually, our qualities are the sum total of our whole personality. When we are happy, we try to make others happy too. If we are sad, we isolate ourselves and feel depressed. People who come in contact with us also feel sorry and sad.

According to the Gita, we must try to understand the importance of our soul, and understand that the body is not that important and what matters is actually the soul inside our body.

The happiness and sorrows that we experience in our mind has no power to affect our soul, which is above both emotions. The Gita states that a person should remain in a state of constant happiness. Let the sorrow come; it will go away ultimately on its own because change is the only constant.

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Dr Sanjay Teotia is a senior consultant eye surgeon

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