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Q. Why does God steal our happiness?

Q. Why does God steal our happiness?

A. What or who do you think is God? Have you ever seen him stealing your happiness? If you have, you don’t have to believe in and worship him anymore because he is no better than a mean and malicious thief who steals your happiness. What, if you have not, makes you think that God steals your happiness? Don’t make such an assumption, which is to make an illusion. You should know that your problem is that you don’t know who steals what from whom.

You should know that what can be taken from you is not yours and that what you can possess is doomed to be taken from you someday. Ancient masters would say to their students, “Discard all you have because what you can possess is not yours originally and it is doomed to be taken from you someday. Your desire to attain what is not yours and keep it in your possession as long as possible is the cause of suffering.”

Likewise, the happiness that you can possess and lose is not true happiness because it is destined to leave you some day and because it never leaves you without giving you suffering. So, the happiness that God can steal from you is not yours and not true happiness because it results in suffering just like you feel now. True happiness can be felt not when it is possessed by you but only when you become happiness itself.

Student: “What shall I do when God steals my happiness?”
Master: “Keep him under close guard.”
Student: “How could I keep him under guard when he is invisible?”
Master: “Don’t think that he is invisible. He is always showing himself, but you are blind to him. He can’t steal your happiness when you can see him.”

©Boo Ahm
All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway http://ow.ly/i/zpDWT

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