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Magic In The Ordinary

When I was in sixth grade, the Moral science teacher had given us an assignment to frame an essay on ‘happiness’. All of us giggled hearing the topic, only when we started writing it, we realized our limitations.

Even today, I remember this small, thin girl. What she told the teacher still amazes me. All of us wrote about happy moments surrounding our birthdays, about the emotional highs on getting a first grade in class, some wrote about kite flying on the street. But the small, thin girl did not think these things were worthy writing.

Her essay on happiness was bizarre (unusual, very strange) at least it seemed so at that time. She wrote “I do not know what happiness is. I cannot define it. Is it a mood? Is it a thought? Is it about innocence? It’s difficult. But I felt happy last Tuesday when I opened my window….

The atmosphere was right, there was a light breeze. I could see a palm tree in front of me swaying quietly and softly. Something was building within me. And, then a bright yellow leaf started falling. It circled and circled and fell down. I don’t know what happened; it was a pleasant feeling, a positive feeling. Yes, you could say, I felt happy.” It’s been more than thirty years but I still think about that incident…..of the falling leaf and gentle breeze.

Are we taking our lives for granted? Do we see magic in the ordinary? Or are we wasting our time chasing the extra ordinary. Reasoning, intelligence, wisdom, experience, imagination, are fine but these things cannot help us experience a falling leaf. It has to do with AWARENESS.

We must understand ourselves to understand what is beyond us. We have to realize that happiness is not a destination but a continuous inner voyage that the small girl had undertaken at a very young age. The falling leaf was “Everything – and yet Nothing.”

It’s being present in every moment – “living in the moment”.


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  1. Ritu bajaj

    It is very rightly said that happiness comes from within.We try to search for happiness in materialistic things but fail to understand the meaning of real happiness that surrounds us.Thank you guru bhagwanji for bringing us close to nature and helping us discover the true essence of nature.That is real happiness.

  2. surinder kumar bajaj

    सतगुरु भगवान जी बहुत ही सुन्दर जानकारी दी है।आप जी के अनन्त शुक्राने है 🙏🙏

  3. Sonia

    Bahut hi sunder laikh bhagwan ji 🙏
    Aapke prem k anant shukrane hain koti koti naman hai 🙏

  4. Stuti kapoor

    Beautiful article guru bhagwanji. Being in the now lies true happiness . सिर्फ आप हमें present में रहना बताते और सिखा रहें हैं। हमेशा खुश रहने का तरीका सिर्फ आप हमें बताते हैं। small events can make us happy too आपसे पता लगती हैं। बहुत बहुत शुक्राने हैं।

    1. Sonia batra

      Very beautiful article bhagwan ji
      Really you are the reason that we are able to be happy in the present moment.You are the one who shows us the right direction and gives us inspiration to be happy in every situation of our life even if it is a small or big event
      Guru bhagwan ji ke shukrane hai

  5. Anu

    Little words but great article.
    Very very beautifully written.

  6. Pinki

    Shukrane Bhagwan ji 🙏🙏💐🌹

  7. Sonia Malhotra

    Amazing article defining what a happiness is….
    May we all remain aware and live the life at fullest with tru e happiness.
    Lots of thanks furu bhagwan ji 🙏

  8. Ritika

    Very intresting article Bhagwan ji,
    We serch for a reason to be happy, and ignore things happening around us
    Falling leaf example is wonderful which tell us when we are aware of what is happening around us, we will feel happy and blessed .

    Guru bhagwan ji va Guru maa ji ke anant shukrane hain jo hame har chij ko dekhne ka positive najariya de rahe hain.

  9. Sarita Mittal

    गुरु भगवान जी एवं गुरु मां को कोटि कोटि प्रणाम 🙏 अम्मा जी को दणवत कोटि कोटि नमन 🙏🙏 गुरु भगवान जी ने बच्चों के लिए कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी हर समय गुरु भगवान जी सोचते हैं अब अपने बच्चों को क्या दूं हम आपकी शरणं में आर सी बहुत प्रसन्न है हमारे लिए अब यही सच्ची खुशी है भगवान जी 🙏🙏 आपके मार्गदर्शन में रहते हुए सब सीख रहे हैं खुश कैसे रहें गुरु भगवान जी आपने ही सिखाया है छोटी छोटी बातों में अब बहुत खुशी मिलती है आप के वचनों को अच्छी तरह जीवन में लगा पाए ऐसी शक्ति आप ही से मिलती है हर समय भगवान से जुड़े रहे ऐसी गति मति देना प्रभु जी 🙏🙏 आपके प्रेम के अनन्त अनन्त शुक्राने है 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. Anju Rana

    Many thanks to my Mentor for bringing about the concept of awareness by giving an amazing example of the girl watching the leaf falling and being happy in the ordinary.
    Usually we wait for being happy but if we are in state of awareness happiness can come by seeing the sun rising also.
    Rightly said Magic in the Ordinary

    Shukrane Bhagwan ji.

  11. Madhu gaur

    An excellent example of witnessing the falling of a leaf !!!!
    I too remember watching sun set down in the sea in the evenings during my school days at Porbandar – it was an out of this world experience – so devine , so tranquil !
    Now by the Grace of my Mentor 🌸 Gurudev ji and Guru Maa🌸 – now I got to know the words for that feeling – Awareness
    Thanks alot for your kindness 🙏🏻 and compassion 🙏🏻

  12. Taru batra

    What a wonderful write up
    Some thing has touched within
    Shukranae Bhagwan ji

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