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Worldly Desire
Part - 1

There are two kinds of living beings, mobile or char and immobile or achar. Mobile beings include animals, birds and thousands of other life forms like this that have freedom of movement. There are also immobile life forms like trees. All living beings, regardless of their form, want to be free of suffering and to attain happiness. Each and every living being longs for happiness, from an ant to the creator, Brahma. Not only are humans desirous of happiness, but also celestial beings because they also suffer. Those living beings that are lower forms than humans naturally suffer. Their mental power is much less.

Hundreds of thousands of creatures live in water, so many animals live in the wild, and so many living beings exist in the open space. In comparison to these, the intelligence of a human being is much greater. This quality is called jnana shakti, the power of the discriminative intellect. With this power, a human is able to receive happiness by controlling other less developed beings. A dog is controlled by a human being, but when human faculties fail to detect evidence in a criminal case, the police use a dog. A human in a circus can even control a lion. We dominate all other living beings through the power of our intellect. We are so clever we could secretly figure out a scheme to rob a bank. How could a dog or donkey steal? Where could they run and hide? If a dog steals even a small piece of bread and runs away, fifty men will chase it to give it a beating. So everyone is suffering and everyone desires happiness, but only very few Saints like Surdas, Mira, Kabir, Tukaram and others have actually attained true happiness.

So why is there suffering? There is only reason: worldly desire; our desire to attain something from this world. Why do we want the world? Because we believe our happiness will be proportional to how much of the world we receive. This is our confusion. We have caught this disease, and now we are stuck fulfilling our desires and we do this by any means.

A person thinks, “I wish I had $100,000!” Did you get it? “Yes, I got it. But the cost of living is so high, what good is $100,000?” But before you were only wishing for $100,000. “I was mistaken. I should have at least $200,000.” He got $200,000, and went on to make a million, then a billion, then a trillion. But God is very compassionate. He made us all with the same size stomach otherwise these people would consume everything! Those with great wealth are so tense they are unable to sleep properly. They have to take sleeping pills. But a beggar is able to sleep on a footpath and snore away. He has no concern what will happen tomorrow.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
27 November 2009
Ganganagar, Rajasthan
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2

This disease of desire is to the extreme. Even if a person is a billionaire, he still possesses a limited amount of money. He still wouldn’t be able to buy an entire city like Ganganagar, even if he were the richest person in the world. Imagine if someone were the governor of this whole Earth planet, he would still desire to enter the celestial abodes, because he assumes there is more happiness there. Celestial bodies never excrete waste they exude a perfumed fragrance instead. It’s not necessary for a celestial being to go to a shop to get what he wants. Simply by thinking, “Oh, rasagulla (an Indian sweet) come here!” it manifests. So even if a person governed this entire Earth, he would think the happiness of this world is nothing in comparison to the happiness of the celestial abodes.

On this Earth, if a billionaire suddenly has the urge to eat rasagulla at midnight, he has to call his servant to go to the store to get it. His servant will reply, “Sir, I’m sorry but the shops are closed.” “So what!” “But sir, what should I do? Break the locks and enter? You will have to eat rasagulla tomorrow.” The billionaire thinks, “Oh well, I might as well sleep then.” Desires are never completely fulfilled, even if one goes to the celestial abodes. In fact, all of us have gone to the celestial abodes, not thousands of times, but uncountable times. A soul has been in existence since eternity, wandering in the 8.4 million species of life, and in the course of this, he has also wandered into the celestial abodes uncountable times. While there, we remained under the rule of Indra. Even at that time we thought, “If I could only become Indra, then I would be completely happy!” Later we also became Indra and we thought, “There is still one desire left in my heart . . ." 

This same Indra became attached to an earthly woman, Ahalya, who was the wife of Sage Gautam. You all must have read about this incident in the Ramayana. Even Indra remains afflicted by desire, anger, greed and delusion! This same Indra looks beyond his own abode and thinks, “I should become Brahma, then everything will be under my control!” Think about this – when so many of these great personalities have not been able to rid themselves of this disease of desire, what do we expect will happen from fulfilling our desires for $100,000 or $200,000? When you pour ghee (clarified butter) on burning wood, for a moment it appears as if the fire has gone out, then all of a sudden the flames rise even higher. The disease of desire is like this. If your desire is fulfilled, this gives rise to greed. If your desire is not fulfilled, this gives rise to anger. Either one or the other will happen. If you form a desire, you are caught. Now you can’t escape from suffering.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
27 November 2009
Ganganagar, Rajasthan
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3

You all experience this daily in your homes. You formed a desire that your son should follow your instructions. You said to him, “Son, bring me a glass of water.” He ran to bring it to you. “What an excellent son I have!” Five minutes later you said, “Son, just bring my glasses.” He kept sitting. “I said, bring my glasses.” He continued to sit. “Are you deaf? Didn’t you hear what I said?” Still he remained sitting. “I have a demon for a son!” You became angry, and it happened in one second.

Right now you are all listening to what I am saying and smiling. If a stranger were to enter this room he would think, “All the people seated here must be Saints!” But if someone suddenly pushed you, you would become angry. Anger remains hidden inside, just waiting for a chance to attack. We are so foolish that we do not think that the anger we have inside will first cause us harm. If in anger we verbally abuse someone, hit them or think badly about them, this first harms us. We burn in anger. Our atma shakti is diminished; our mind becomes agitated. We practically experience this every day; this is not just something that is described in the scriptures.

We suffer due to great desires and also from the smallest desires. Everyone is suffering and everyone is lying, “How are you?” “I’m alright.” Alright? Not one thing is right with you – everything is wrong! We smile and say, “Everything’s fine!” What is fine? From morning till night family members are fighting, and whatever your personal suffering may be is separate from that. What you express externally to others is much less than what you feel. A father thinks, “What did I do to get a son like this? But if I say anything to him, it will just get worse. I’ll stay quiet.” A husband thinks, “How did I get a wife like this? But if I say anything it will turn into a huge fight. I’ll stay quiet.” Internally you feel all this and externally you act as if everything is fine. Our whole life passes acting like this – lying and praising. We do this because we are afraid that our self-interest will not be served.

So desires are the root cause of all suffering. That being the case just get rid of them. But this is impossible! Why? We form desires because we need happiness. We cannot eliminate the desire for happiness. This is our nature. We are a part of God, and God is an ocean of divine bliss. Because we are a part of Him, we naturally desire Him. Yet, we are searching for happiness in the world. God is to the East and we are going towards the West.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
27 November 2009
Ganganagar, Rajasthan
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 4

Once a person saw his neighbour churning milky water; he asked, “What are you doing?” That person said, “Don’t you know? This is milk. By churning it, I’ll get butter. Then I’ll make ghee from that.” He said, “Just give me a little bit and I’ll do the same.” He brought it to his house and also kept churning it. He churned it the whole night, but it never produced butter. He thought, “The neighbour who told me this would make butter has fooled me. I’ll go tell him.” He said to his neighbour, “Hey, this is fake milk! Where did you get it from? This is just water mixed with limestone. There is no butter in this! You will never get anything from it, even if you churn it for millions of years.”

Similarly, there is no happiness in this entire world. Even if you keep on trying twenty-four hours a day, how will you attain it? Even if you try for uncountable lifetimes, you will fail to find it. So the ones who have thought, “This is the wrong place. Happiness is over there in God’s area,” became Saints like Tulsidas, Surdas, Mira and Kabir. All Saints and scriptures say that true happiness is in God’s area, but you never accepted it. Why? You saw everyone else running towards the world, so you also thought, “Happiness must be over there!”

The fact is that the happiness the soul desires does not exist in the world. Then why does this world exist? God created the world to maintain the body. We are actually two – there is an internal “I” (the soul), which leaves the second “I” (the body) at the time of death. One “I” is live. It has given life to this second “I”. When the internal “I” leaves, then the second “I” becomes lifeless. We have never realised the existence of our inner “I”, the soul, but in reality it is the soul’s happiness that we desire. The happiness that the soul is seeking is God. Happiness of the body is related to material sense objects. For example, the eyes see and the ears hear. If a person tried to see from his ears and hear from his eyes, he would be sent for psychiatric evaluation. In same way, the happiness the atma or soul desires is Paramatma or God. Trying to find divine happiness in the material world is like trying to see from your ears or hear from your eyes.

The body was produced by your parents and it is made of material elements. It was for the maintenance of the body that God manifested the world. We should make use of the proteins, vitamins and anything else the body requires so that it remains healthy for devotional practice, and so the aim of the other “I”, God-realisation is attained. If this body is not cared for properly, then you will experience physical suffering and as a result, you will not practice devotion to God.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
27 November 2009
Ganganagar, Rajasthan
© Radha Govind Samiti


to be continued next week...
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