(Extracted from the book "Maha Gita Purusham of the Blessed One", by Sri Maha Krishna Swami)
P – What is happiness? We cannot find it in the day-to-day life. Then, when will we really feel it?
R – When we do something pleasant or when there is absence of unpleasant facts we say there is happiness. Such happiness is relative, and we would better call it pleasure. But man wants permanent happiness. Such happiness is not in the objects, but in the Absolute. It is a natural state, where man is free from pain, from pleasure and is in peace. It is enough that we meditate and devote in pure and deep manner in order to know all this.
P – Is happiness transitory?
R – The natural state of being is the essential nature of all people. How come you want it to come and go? If you don’t perceive your own essence it is because your vision is impure. What is it that obscures your vision? It is your duty to find the obstacle and remove it. The practice of meditation aims to eliminate the impurities that block your vision and hide the Truth, which is the Self. The reality remains always the same. Once one becomes conscious of it, it becomes permanent.
P – If we already are happiness, why do we seek for it?
R – Man seeks happiness because it is a natural state in him. Because he is unconscious of the Self, he does not perceive happiness. The desire of obtaining happiness is the best proof that happiness is a virtue inherent to the self. If headache were natural in man, he would not try to get rid of it. The contrary happens, because man once knew moments when there was no headache and he knows that such moments exist. The opposite happens, though, as man already experienced no-headache moments and he knows that such moments exist. There is no way of acquiring or conquering what is natural, because it is already present. When you become conscious of your real nature, without efforts, in a permanent and happy manner, you will verify that this does not contradict the regular activities of day-to-day life. A person who has achieved the natural state of meditation will have unaltered peace and happiness whether he lives isolated from the world or free among men, because this is his true nature.
(from the book "Ramana my Master", by Sri Maha Krishna Swami)