There are a lot of people in the world talking about God, talking about Virtues, and talking about Happiness. A few even put two of these ideas together. "But I looked all over for a book explaining the direct connection between happiness and the expression of God's Virtues, and I couldn't find one. So I wrote it myself. The result is what one reviewer called my very best and most profound work yet – and it's only 32 tiny pages long. It's proof that once again, good things come in small packages." Justice St Rain.
Its subject matter, its clear and personal style, and its low-key presentation of the name Baha'i make it a gift that virtually everyone will accept with gratitude. After all, who doesn't want to know the secret of happiness?
Here's an excerpt from the first page:
God—your dearest Friend and the Creator of the Universe—wants you to be happy.In fact, He wants all of us to be happy.It is strange, then, isn’t it, that so few of usarehappy—reallyhappy?
There are many conflicting ideas about what makes us happy.Materialists would say thathaving everything we wantwill make us happy.Hedonists would say thatdoing whatever we wantwill make us happy.Romantics are sure that being loved by a good person will bring us happiness—which at least moves us in the direction of goodness, while religious people believe thatdoing what is goodwill make us happy.Since this is an inspirational booklet, you might assume that I would agree with one or the other of these last two.But I don’t.
Instead of doing good or being loved, I believe that we find happiness when we, ourselves, love what is good and then do what we love.How is that different from simply doing good because God wants us to?
I’ll tell you.
If we don’t want to do good, but we do "good” things anyway, then doing good becomes nothing more than a bargaining tool with which to bribe God into giving us happiness when we get to heaven. In the meantime, it will make us irritated and self-righteous, which is very different from being happy.
Justice St. Rain
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