The True Sources of Happiness

Bodhinatha describes how harmonious relationships are maintained in grihastha life, in which the natural state is to be surrounded by family and friends. These relationships are important and help us to live a happy dharmic life, but problems arise when we are depending on others to make us happy. This dependency on others for our happiness is a false concept, which Bodhinatha clears up in a beautiful statement about how true happiness is found within oneself.

Photo of  Gurudeva
When guests come, they must be given hospitality, at least a mat to sit on and a glass of water to drink. These are obligatory gifts. You must never leave your guest standing, and you must never leave your guest thirsty.
—Gurudeva