VAT: The pursuit of happiness

Happiness is a state of mind characterized by gratitude, optimism and freedom from karmic prisons. As a state of mind, it can be fleeting; sometimes present, sometimes not. Happiness cannot be pursued as pursing something, desire, is the antithesis of happiness. Pursuing happiness is like trying to catch a mouse by chasing after it; seems easy as humans run faster than mice but ultimately it’s a fool’s errand. Best to sit quietly, like in meditation, with a piece of cheese by our side and have the mouse come to us.