Volume III  Page 160  §  The Conditions of Happiness
DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

The Conditions of Happiness

Part I

EVERY creature in the world is seeking happiness, and man is no exception. Seemingly man sets his heart on many kinds of things, but all that he desires or undertakes is for the sake of happiness. Every man aims at happiness If he is keen about having power it is because he expects to derive happiness from its use. If he strives for money it is because he thinks it will secure for him the conditions and means for his happiness. If he seeks knowledge, health or beauty, science, art or literature, it is because he feels that his pursuit of happiness is directly dependent upon them. If he struggles for worldly success and fame it is because he hopes to find his happiness in their attainment. Through all his endeavours and pursuits, man wants to be happy. Happiness is the ultimate motive-power which drives him in all that he does.
        Intertwining of pleasure and pain Everyone seeks to be happy, yet most persons are immersed in some kind of suffering. If at times they do get small installments of happiness in their lives, it is neither unadulterated nor abiding.