Progress from “The Principle of Happiness”


Self-reflection precedes the fourth principle of happiness: progress. If people seek progress without the practice of self-reflection, they will most likely face difficulties before they attain success. One can become an Arhat when on reaches a certain level of enlightenment. When people reach the next level of practicing loving and saving others, they advance to the level of Bodhisattva of the seventh dimension. Bodhisattvas then proceed to the Tathagata Realm, where there is no darkness, no evil or shadow, only light.

These steps clearly show that the dualism of good and evil does not conflict with the idea that only light exists. (See chapter 2 of The Laws of the Sun) It is simply a question of different stages. Most people first need to practice self-reflection in the world of duality, and once they have finished cleansing their souls, they can enter the world where only light exists. It is an undeniable fact that there are distinct levels in the spirit world, and one must progress from one stage to the next. The spirits in the fourth dimension cannot leap straight to the eighth dimension; they first need to attain mastery of the fifth dimension. The spirits in the fifth dimension must first aim to go to the sixth dimension, then to the Bodhisattva Realm of the seventh, then to the Tathagata Realm of the eighth dimension. This is how progress can be achieved on the path of self-reflection; without the feeling of making progress, you cannot feel truly happy.

The last principle of happiness is progress: the development of the self, of others, and society. The ultimate goal is to create a utopia, an ideal world on earth. The four principles of happiness, then, are love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress. This is the modern Fourfold Path that will lead you to true happiness. This is the first gateway to the Theravada path that I teach. There will be the further steps, but as the first step, I would like you to explore the Fourfold path of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress. I’m sure that you will develop your own unique, true happiness.