In reality, as children we do not understand what happiness is.Under the protection of our parents, we pass our days in a perpetual round of enjoyment which undoubtedly gives us pleasure. Buddhist philosophy has helped radio, television and comedy star Meshel Laurie survive many life crises.But when she found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she realised there were no Buddhist books about break-ups. Using Buddhism as a roadmap for navigating the fear, loneliness and grief of a broken heart, Meshel explains how the concepts of Emptiness and Impermanence can help us to see things clearly.
Very often, we consider childhood days to be a period of happiness.
Significantly Buddhaghosa lived around the same time as St Augustine of Hippo came forth with his anti-sex and anti-women trope in the Catholic Church.
It is interesting that in all writings of patriarchy and misogyny related to India, scholars quote the , with its concern for kingship, was written in post-Mauryan times.
Before long, we find ourselves on the threshold of adulthood, the crucial time in our life when we look for a suitable life-partner to begin a relationship that will put to the test all the qualities that we have acquired earlier in life.
Love, sex, and marriage then become matters of great importance that will determine the quality of the married life we will have.
Abandoning sex, which effectively means abandoning women, for a “higher” purpose—be it enlightenment or spirituality or service to the nation—has since become a popular model, embraced by religious sects, as well political organisations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.