The Bhagavad Gita describes Panchakam Sadhana (five steps) for happy living.
- Get detached from the attachments (Moha) which can only be done be aspiring for a higher achievement. Choose chitta (intelligence) over mind; mind over Gnanendriyas (motor organs) and Gnanendriyas (sensory organs) over karmendriyas. Convert likes and dislikes in life to right and wrongs in life.
- Do not be in company of people who take you away from spiritual aspirations.
- Learn from the teachings and experiences of the spiritual Gurus on a continuous basis. Ask yourself before retiring for the day “what did I learn today”
- Get detached from the attachment to the choices in life. Choose simple and what is available.
- Accept the duality of nature as a part of life. Try to balance in between. Sukh (happiness) and dukh (sorrow) are relative terms and the two sides of the same coin. It’s like a circle. When one ends, the other comes.
Shloka 5 of Chapter 15 of Bhagavad Gita is a commentary of Panchakam Sadhana as described by Adi Shankaracharya.
निर्मानमोहा जितसङ्गदोषाअध्यात्मनित्या विनिवृत्तकामा: |द्वन्द्वैर्विमुक्ता: सुखदु:खसंज्ञैर्गच्छन्त्यमूढा: पदमव्ययं तत् ||
nirmana-moha jita-sanga-dosaadhyatma-nitya vinivrtta-kamahdvandvair vimuktah sukha-duhkha-samjnairgacchanty amudhah padam avyayam tat [Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15.5]
nir—without; mana—mind, mohah—attachment
jita—having conquered; sanga—association; dosah—faulty or bad company
adhyatma—spiritual learning; nityah—daily
vinivrtta—associated; kamah—lusts (getting rid of choices)
sukha-duhkha—happiness and distress; samjnaih—named
gacchanti—attains; amudhah—unbewildered; padam—situation; avyayam—eternal; tat—that.