Question: Can you be virtuous and happy, both?
Answer: Of course, it depends on your knowledge of the Law. You can so devise your life that you can have everything and that is the art and science of yoga. Yoga can give you riddhi and siddhi, everything. If you know the Law of Karma properly then you can use the very law to give dharma, artha, kama and moksa; you can have everything. Ganesha is the Lord of prosperity and wisdom both at the same time. It depends upon what you want. You can combine all of them and that is the real knowledge of Yoga.
If you want the integral Divine then work out the Yoga of integral Divine. You will ultimately have everything but in the meantime, you may have many difficulties also. You cannot say that I must have integrality at once. As you increase your effort in one direction, that goes on increasing in a gradual process; then you develop another that goes on increasing; you add another it goes on increasing. Sometimes the forces commingle and ultimately combine together. That is why we say that Mahalaxmi and Mahasarswati can live together in the same house. It is in our ordinary life that we divide. Because of the Law of Karma we make one effort and not the other effort believing that the two cannot live together; but Maheshwari, Mahakali, Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati can reside together in one personality, one home, one family, one country and one world, provided we make an effort in that direction.
Karma is basically an energy which is put forth consciously or unconsciously or as a reaction. Depending upon how you put it forward, it will have its own consequences. The Law of Karma is not a law of punishment. It is one of the processes by which the world is governed. As Sri Aurobindo says, “The Law of Karma is the instrument of the soul.”
You can make use of Karma. First of all you realise that whatever circumstances you are placed in, are a result of all that has been done in the past and is the result of aspiration of your soul. The aspiration of your soul is at the level at which your Agni is burning. If you take cognisance of the totality and you simply say, “O Agni burn”. This simple thing will help you to come out of the tangle of whatever situation you are in. That is why the first verse of the Veda is – agnimīle – O Agni! I worship you. The last verse of the Ishopanishad is a worship of Agni. The real recourse you have to take is in Agni – that is the secret knowledge. It is your nearest friend because you yourself are that Agni.