Australian-born Paul Rodney Turner, also known as the "Food Yogi," was a celibate monk for 14 years from age 19-33. Paul is a vegan chef, social entrepreneur, public speaker, numerologist, holistic life coach, spiritual guide and the international director of Food for Life Global, the world's largest food relief that serves up to 2 million plant-based meals daily.
He has traveled to 70 countries and cooked for presidents and leaders of the world and currently lives in the Andes Mountains of Colombia with his wife and son on their animal sanctuary.
We all want Happiness but how do we get it?
Happiness is something we all look for, whether in food, sex, entertainment, relationships, children, career, hobbies or sleep. Happiness drives us, and indeed it defines the quality of our life. One may have immense wealth but if they are not happy, then mostly, they have failed in life.
Without happiness, life loses its value and so with the apparent decrease in satisfaction, we are seeing an increase in suicide all around the world.
In a world where mental and physical stimuli are in abundance, it seems inconceivable that anyone could be unhappy. Surely, everyone can find some form of happiness, but alas, many, many people fail and live their lives sad and exasperated; or hope against hope for some sliver of joy to appear over the horizon of their destiny.
Happiness is the nature of the spirit, as stated in the Vedanta-sutras: anandamayo 'bhyāsāt —“the soul, is by nature full of joy.”
However, due to misidentifying our true self with matter, we lose touch with this natural blissful state and identify with the pain and suffering of a physical form.
When a soul is entrapped by a material body, it at once identifies with physical relationships and forgets its true identity as a spiritual being. This false ego, influenced by the modes of material nature further entraps the soul in a web of karmic actions and reactions.
It is believed that the most critical component for success in self-realization is to learn from great sages and saints who will slacken the soul's attachment for matter. Thus a sincere person can gradually rid themselves of the illusion of matter and false ego and be promoted to the real life of eternity, knowledge and bliss.
In fact, association with such great souls is considered the “only auspicious activity” in this material world.
What I propose to do in The 7 Maxims for Soul Happiness is to pass on to you what I have learned from saintly mentors and present their wisdom in a palatable, pragmatic and non-sectarian manner.