The Three Types of People Capable of Bringing True Happiness to The World

If you had to score yourself from 1 to 10

how HAPPY are You?

What is your level of happiness?

We all want to find HAPPINESS within ourselves

But how many of us truly bring happiness to others?

This continuous search for happiness isn’t a new idea and as humans we have been spending thousands of years looking for those very answers. Some devote their time looking for clever ways to make our lives easier and therefore giving us more time to do the things we like.

We search for happiness in the form of instant gratification. All those new items we purchase, a new car, clothes, even travel is a form of instant gratification.

Some of us believe the true route to happiness is money. In fact so much so that it can take over those peoples entire lives.

There are however those special people who seek too continuously help others creating a longer lasting happiness and inner contentment within themselves.

What the Buddha had to say

Suttra: SN84 – For the welfare of the many

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard:

“These three persons, appearing in the world, appear for the benefit of many, the happiness of many, in sympathy for the world — for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of beings human & divine. Which three?

“There is the case where a Tathagata appears in the world, worthy & rightly self-awakened, consummate in clear knowing & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the cosmos, unsurpassed trainer of tamable people, teacher of beings human & divine, awakened, blessed. He teaches the Dhamma admirable in its beginning, admirable in its middle, admirable in its end. He proclaims the holy life both in its particulars & in its essence, entirely perfect, surpassingly pure. This is the first person who, appearing in the world, appears for the benefit of many, the happiness of many, in sympathy for the world — for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of beings human & divine.

“Furthermore, there is the disciple of that Teacher who is a worthy one, his mental fermentations ended, who has reached fulfillment, done the task, laid down the burden, attained the true goal, totally destroyed the fetter of becoming, and who is released through right gnosis. He teaches the Dhamma admirable in its beginning, admirable in its middle, admirable in its end. He proclaims the holy life both in its particulars & in its essence, entirely perfect, surpassingly pure. This is the second person who, appearing in the world, appears for the benefit of many, the happiness of many, in sympathy for the world — for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of beings human & divine.

“Furthermore, there is the disciple of that Teacher who is a learner, following the way, erudite, endowed with [good] practices & principles. He, too, teaches the Dhamma admirable in its beginning, admirable in its middle, admirable in its end. He proclaims the holy life both in its particulars & in its essence, entirely perfect, surpassingly pure. This is the third person who, appearing in the world, appears for the benefit of many, the happiness of many, in sympathy for the world — for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of beings human & divine.

“These are the three persons who, appearing in the world, appear for the benefit of many, the happiness of many, in sympathy for the world — for the welfare, the benefit, the happiness of beings human & divine.”

*Buddhist Suttra SN84 Iti78 from the khuddaka Nikaya and the Pali canon kindly translated by the Buddhist monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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