How to Live Happily?
Many Sanskrit verses carry tremendous wisdom.

The ancient scriptures were not written down initially but rather were legends in poetic form. This way, one could better remember the wisdom embedded in them. Students perceived them from their teachers by ear.

What follows is an analysis
of a Sanskrit quatrain and
its wisdom.

Here is an example of one of these verses, containing the quintessence of life wisdom, given in the form of instructions that must be adhered to live happily and develop.
Tyaja durjana-samsargam
Bhaja sadhu-samagamam
Kuru punyam aho ratram
Smara nityam anityatam
Let us begin the analysis with the first stanza: Tyaja durjana samsargam.

What does it mean? Tyaja - drop it, renounce it, give it up. Durjana means a bad person who has a destructive influence on you.
So, tyaja durjana samsargam - leave bad company.

It is important to note that a company or a person can be bad (durjana) for a particular individual, provided they have a direct negative impact on them. A person with a robust nervous system, a balanced psyche, positive mental attitudes, and healthy thinking patterns can resist negative personalities.
Such a person can suppress destructive communication (gossip, criticism, etc.) by turning the conversation into another direction, for example, by starting a conversation about history, art, literature, spirituality, philosophy, etc. As a result, both people win, receiving a charge of vivacity and inspiration. Otherwise, if a person cannot resist negative personalities, it will be wise for them to simply leave their company until they grow spiritually and accumulate more psychic strength.
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Second stanza: Bhaja sadhu - samagamam.

Who is Sadhu? A sadhu is a person or a group of people whose company drives you to become better, inspiring you to make positive changes and progress.
Bhaja sadhu samagamam - seek the company of a sadhu and try to be in their company or in the company of people like them as often as possible.
So, look for a company of good people.

What is this advice based on? In ontopsychology (, there is such a concept as a semantic field, which is a kind of natural information field, thanks to which one living organism, being near another, can capture biological information emanating from its neighbor. Each team has its own semantic field, and when you are in it, in addition to what is spoken, you also perceive what is meant non-verbally.
Being around people, you perceive and, to a certain extent, copy their qualities. Therefore, if these are good qualities, you will become better. This means that you will feel good when you are in a company with a good semantic field (satsanga).

Third stanza: Kuru punyam ahoratram. Do virtuous deeds day and night.
Ahoratram. Aho is the time from dawn to dusk. Ratram - from dusk to dawn. Do worthy deeds both day and night. During the day, I can do something useful for the world, for society. But what about the night? At night I sleep. So am I wasting my time? But it says: do it both by day and by night. While the body is resting, something constructive has to be done. How can you do something good at night?
The thing a person was focused on before going to sleep (movie, computer game, book, event) continues to be processed by their mind during sleep. This is because our mind can be programmed. Therefore, it is essential to meditate before bed and, when falling asleep, repeat the mantra. As a result, when you fall asleep, the mantra continues to sound in your mind, and in the morning, it seems as if you were doing spiritual practice all night, meditating. Therefore: Kuru punyam ahoratram.
Do virtuous deeds day and night.

Chanting a mantra is one of the most virtuous deeds. When you chant a mantra, you radiate positive energy. This energy fills the world. It also fills your own mind. You and the atmosphere around you are changing for the better. So meditating before bed is a very, very virtuous act. Simultaneously, instead of wasting eight hours, you use your sleep hours as constructively as possible.

Remember what is eternal and what is temporary
And the fourth stanza: Smara nityam anityam. Remember what is eternal and what is temporary. All the problems in our life are because we have confused the temporary with the eternal. We think that temporary objects will give us eternal happiness. And, forgetting about the eternal, we do not give it due priority. Of course, the temporary is important. For example, food is a temporary object: a person eats and gets satisfaction for a short time. How long does this pleasure last? Three to four hours, until the next meal. At the same time, it cannot be said that food is not important. The temporary takes its place in our life, but its importance should not be exaggerated. If we place the temporary on the eternal's pedestal, all life will turn into chaos and suffering. Therefore, the eternal must stand in its place, and the temporary in its place.

So, the final sage advice: Smara nityam anityam. Remember the difference between temporary and eternal. This difference is realized through the trained nityanitya viveka (one of the five types of conscience), which allows you to distinguish between the temporary and the eternal.
So, what should you do to live a happy life and develop?

To do this, follow these four rules:

- leave the bad company (durjana);
- look for a company of good people (sadhus);
- do virtuous deeds both day and night;
- remember the eternal - remember the difference between the temporary and the eternal.
Follow these rules in your life, and you will be happy.
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