The other path is called the path of wisdom, which isn't the best term, because it implies the placid state of old men with long, white beards. In Sanskrit there is a better term, vidya, which means knowledge but is more richly defined as "the way to reach the truth." In terms of happiness, the path of vidya would include those choices, values and beliefs that actually succeed in making us happy. If children can be guided from an early age, they can be taught to make such choices. The rest of us will have to unlearn and undo our past errors as a first step.
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I'm encouraged that psychology has turned to the positive aspects of the self. But the current findings barely point in the right direction, which is a shame, because the storehouse of the world's wisdom remains locked. Until we unlock it, the state of unhappiness may not grow worse—none of us can predict that one way or another—yet for certain a new kind of happiness will not emerge.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
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