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Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
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Quest for Happiness
Part - 1

Every action performed by every individual is performed with a specific purpose in mind. Some do good deeds and some perform bad ones. No one can remain inactive for even a moment, and no action is performed without a purpose. It may appear strange, but it is true. You may think that there are evil people who harm others for no reason. Also there are Saints who help others for no reason. In reality, there is a reason even behind these actions. 

An evil person finds pleasure in harming others. So to experience happiness he causes harm. Similarly, a Saint gets happiness in seeing the welfare of others. Thus, a Saint serves others to get happiness himself. And for all of us as well, the motive behind achieving wealth, health, wife, son, fame and beauty is one - HAPPINESS. This proves that without any teaching or training every individual wants happiness and nobody wants sorrow, grief or pain because: anando brahmeti vyajanat. (Vedas) Happiness, bliss and peace are all synonyms for God. anand evadhastat anand . . ."There is nothing but bliss below Him, above Him, to His East, to His West, to His North, to His South, outside of Him and within Him: bliss and only bliss overflows all around Him."

Now a question arises, "What is the relationship between our desire for happiness and God being bliss?" Yes, there is a relation. ishvar ansh jiv avinashi. (Ramayana) The relation is that every individual soul is an eternal part of God, and God is an ocean of bliss. Therefore, being an eternal part of Him, every individual soul naturally seeks happiness. No soul can ever seek sorrow. Since infinite lifetimes, all of us are searching for happiness in this material world, but according to our scriptures worldly happiness is short-lived, and that is our personal experience as well. It is finite and illusive. When we eat a rasagulla (an Indian sweet) for the first time, we experience great pleasure. But if someone asks us to keep on eating the same sweet, we feel like vomiting. So if there is pleasure in rasagulla or any such object, then we should experience this pleasure forever. But, this is not the case. We do not derive constant happiness from that object. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti 
Part - 2

In the same manner, the pleasure from wealth, spouse, children and food, etc. keeps on fluctuating and finally comes to an end. So why haven't we attained true happiness till now? Because we have not understood, realised and decided what and where we will get this happiness. Happiness is that which is unlimited, ever increasing and everlasting. Sorrow cannot overcome it, just as darkness cannot overcome light. So where is this kind of happiness? 

The answer to this question can be categorised into two areas (which are intensely debated) - materialism and spirituality. According to materialism, there is no entity or authority called God and one will get happiness through material objects. Whereas, according to spirituality, only God is bliss and by attaining God we can be happy for eternity. There is no other way to the attainment of happiness and removal of pain and suffering. 

The materialists deny the existence of God, but they can only claim that there is no entity called God if they practically follow the procedure laid out in the scriptures, and do not attain God even after surrendering to a Guru and performing devotion. The Vedas declare that even the most intelligent person cannot comprehend God because He is beyond our material senses, but by the grace of God even a fool can know God. So He is not knowable by the material intellect.

Thus, every individual seeks happiness and since God is bliss, everyone is a seeker of God. Every person will work continuously till he attains true peace and happiness. Here another question arises: What is our purpose of worshipping Him? Yes, there is a purpose. We are all selfish in nature and whoever satisfies our self-interest, we get attached to that person. We all long for unlimited, everlasting happiness and that happiness is only in God. Our self-interest will not be fulfilled by loving God and without Him we cannot attain true happiness. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti 



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