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The science of happiness : 10 principles for manifesting your divine nature /
Ryuho Okawa.
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Rochester, Vt. : Destiny Books, 2009.
description
xii, 179 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781594773204 (pbk.)
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imprint
Rochester, Vt. : Destiny Books, 2009.
isbn
9781594773204 (pbk.)
language note
Includes translations from Japanese.
catalogue key
6973915
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-169) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Master Ryuho Okawa is a living Buddha and the founder and spiritual leader of Happy Science. He has a law degree from the University of Tokyo and studied international finance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1986 he renounced his business career and established Happy Science, the most influential spiritual movement in Japan, which now has more than 10 million members worldwide. Master Okawa is the author of more than 500 books and periodicals and lives in Japan.
First Chapter
Chapter One

The Principle of Happiness

The Fourfold Path to Achieving True Happiness


There are numerous ways to become happy, but the kind of happiness I am talking about is not the sort you can enjoy only in this world. It is a joy that carries over from this world to the next. We’re exploring principles of happiness that apply to the past, the present, and the future. The starting point of these principles is willingness to explore Right Mind.
    Every individual has a diamond within, and this pure diamond represents Right Mind. The diamond within everyone is essentially the same, the only difference being the level of refinement and the brilliance of the diamond, which is the result of numerous incarnations. Those who make the effort to polish the diamond within become angels of light. So if you continue to refine your inner diamond, it will surely shine.
    To make your diamond shine brightly, you must put forth constant and tireless efforts. Through daily effort to explore Right Mind, you will develop the spiritual discipline that allows you to discover your true nature and enter the next stage, in which you seek true happiness.

Love


The first principle of happiness is love. This love is not the kind of love that you expect to receive from others. The love that I teach at Happy Science is love that gives. The true nature of love that gives is based on awakening to the fact that all human beings are essentially one with others. Even if you seem to have a personality completely different from anyone around you, your true nature is essentially the same as the true nature of everyone else. This is the basis of true love. It is only because you think you are separate from other people that friction and discord arise. Once we have awakened to the fact that essentially we are all one, we naturally come to love one another. We may have different personalities, but each of us is expected to realize our common spiritual essence while valuing our individuality.
    What exactly does it mean to love others? It means wishing for the good of others, and wishing to nurture others without expecting anything in return. It is a selfless love, detached from personal desire. Because your essence and the essence of others is the same, you are required to love others just as you love yourself. It is easy to love ourselves; it’s not something we need to be taught. But unfortunately, once we have been born into a physical body and experience ourselves as separate and distinct, we forget to love others. This is why we need to learn to practice love that gives.

Wisdom

The second principle of happiness is wisdom. It is important to have a correct knowledge of spiritual Truth. Without this knowledge of Truth, human beings cannot be free in the truest sense. Some religions don’t understand this concept. Many dedicated religious people believe that only their particular brand of religion can save people, because they don’t know that Truth can also be found in other religions. Such confusion is very sad. To avoid this, you need to have correct knowledge of the Truth. This is the real meaning of the phrase “The Truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Reflection

The third principle of happiness is reflection, which is closely related to the cultivation of Right Mind. We are essentially all children of God with brilliantly shining souls. However, just as a diamond accumulates dirt if it is neglected, our souls inevitably collect dust and grime as we live in this world. Our life mission is to refine the soul.
    Of course, there may be help from an outside power; it’s like getting help from a specialist, and sometimes we need that help. But instead of doing nothing while waiting for help, we need to get busy polishing our own diamond. If we do not refine ourselves, what is the meaning of practicing spirituality?
    During the process of refinement, mistakes sometimes occur. If you realize you’ve made a mistake, who can correct it except you? Although someone else could wash your body, only you can cleanse your soul. Reflection is based on the power of the self to actively accept the challenge of spiritual refinement and improving oneself through one’s own efforts. Reflection helps us to see what needs to be polished. Start by reflecting on your past thoughts and deeds. There’s no point in gold plating rusty metal. If there is rust beneath, the shiny surface will soon peel away.

Progress

Reflection precedes the fourth principle of happiness: progress. Progress is the development of the self, of others, and of society. The ultimate goal is to create a utopia, an ideal world on earth. If people seek progress without the practice of reflection, they will most likely face difficulties before they attain success. Only when you have attained a certain level of enlightenment through the practice of loving and saving others can you advance to the spiritual dimension where there is no darkness, no evil or shadow, only light.
    Most people first need to practice reflection in the world of duality, and once they have finished cleansing their souls, they can enter the world where only light exists. It is an undeniable fact that there are distinct levels in the spirit world that correspond to one’s spiritual vibrations and state of mind, and one must progress from one stage to the next. The spirits in the fourth dimension cannot leap straight to the eighth dimension; they first need to attain mastery of the fifth dimension. The spirits in the fifth dimension must first aim to go to the sixth dimension, then to the Bodhisattva Realm of the seventh, then to the Tathagata Realm of the eighth dimension. This is how progress can be achieved on the path of reflection, for without the feeling of making progress, you cannot feel truly happy.
Reviews
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"The secrets have been revealed through Okawa's timeless wisdom, making happiness possible now."
". . . expounds on four essential subjects for Happy Science students: the 'Fourfold Path' of love, wisdom, self-reflection and progress. Topics include increasing spiritual awareness, establishing a more spiritual world and making time for self-discovery."
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Summaries
Main Description
In 1981 Ryuho Okawa began receiving revelations from the spirits of Nikko [1246-1333] and Nichirien [1222-1282], who had been outstanding Buddhist teachers during their lives. Soon he began receiving revelations from Buddha, Jesus Christ, Moses, and Confucius as well as spiritual messages from prominent figures such as Socrates, Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, and Florence Nightingale. In 1985 he began publishing some of these revelations in Japan. A year later he established the spiritual movement Happy Science [Kofuku-no-Kagaku] to help people discover their true potential, to educate them to think and act in a spiritual way, and to help create an ideal world on Earth. The Science of Happiness presents Master Okawa's 10 essential principles that can serve as a compass for a spiritual life: Happiness, Love, the Mind, Enlightenment, Progress, Wisdom, Utopia, Salvation, Reflection, and Prayer. Master Okawa shows how following these principles can bring happiness and spiritual growth not only to ourselves but to all those around us. He provides the tools necessary to transform one's inner world to be receptive to true happiness and enlightenment--and to find one's true purpose in life. He also reveals other extraordinary spiritual truths, such as the secrets of the ancient continents of Mu and Atlantis and the structure of the spirit world.
Main Description
Reveals the 10 essential principles that can serve as a compass for a spiritual life Presents the foundational teachings of the Happy Science spiritual movement (more than 10 million members worldwide) Offers revelations from past spiritual leaders, including Jesus, Buddha, and Moses Includes information on the ancient continents of Mu and Atlantis and the structure of the spirit world In 1981 Ryuho Okawa began receiving revelations from the spirits of Nikko (1246-1333) and Nichirien (1222-1282), who had been outstanding Buddhist teachers during their lives. Soon he began receiving revelations from Buddha, Jesus Christ, Moses, and Confucius as well as spiritual messages from prominent figures such as Socrates, Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, and Florence Nightingale. In 1985 he began publishing some of these revelations in Japan. A year later he established the spiritual movement Happy Science ( Kofuku-no-Kagaku ) to help people discover their true potential, to educate them to think and act in a spiritual way, and to help create an ideal world on Earth. The Science of Happiness presents Master Okawa's 10 essential principles that can serve as a compass for a spiritual life: Happiness, Love, the Mind, Enlightenment, Progress, Wisdom, Utopia, Salvation, Reflection, and Prayer. Master Okawa shows how following these principles can bring happiness and spiritual growth not only to ourselves but to all those around us. He provides the tools necessary to transform one's inner world to be receptive to true happiness and enlightenment--and to find one's true purpose in life. He also reveals other extraordinary spiritual truths, such as the secrets of the ancient continents of Mu and Atlantis and the structure of the spirit world.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introducing the Science of Happinessp. v
Preface A Unique Missionp. vii
The Dawn of the New Era
The Principle of Happinessp. 3
The Path to the Truthp. 5
The Fourfold Path to Achieving True Happinessp. 12
The Principle of Lovep. 18
The Developmental Stages of Love and Enlightenment in Christianity and Buddhismp. 29
The Principle of the Mindp. 34
The Teachings of the Mindp. 34
The Exploration of Right Mindp. 45
True Awakening
The Principle of Enlightenmentp. 51
Aspiring to Seek the Truthp. 51
How to Develop the Right Attitude for Successful Spiritual Practicep. 59
The Principle of Progressp. 67
Progress through the Middle Way: The Infinite Evolution of Our Soulsp. 68
Love, Prayer, and Self-Realizationp. 82
The Principle of Wisdomp. 83
The Basis of Learningp. 83
The Developmental Stages of Wisdomp. 95
The Creation of an Ideal World
The Principle of Utopiap. 105
The Guiding Principles for Establishing Utopia in Our Inner and Outer Worldsp. 105
The Principle of Salvationp. 120
The Three Inventions of Godp. 129
The Principle of Salvation: What to Tell Othersp. 135
The Principle of Self-Reflectionp. 138
The Threefold Path of La Mup. 140
The True Eightfold Pathp. 145
The Principle of Prayerp. 153
The Nature of True Prayerp. 157
The Power of Prayerp. 166
Notesp. 168
About the Authorp. 170
About Happy Sciencep. 171
Indexp. 176
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