I have just completed a Sound to Silence retreat with the wonderful Swami Gyan Dharma at Mandala Yoga Ashram.
Ive spent 5 days chanting, meditating and being silent. We had a Havan ( sacred fire ceremony) every day as a way of cleansing and renewing ourselves.
This is what he said around the fire one day,
” The only way to be truly happy, is to know that in this present moment you are free. The practice is to keep reminding yourself of this!”