Prema Rasa Siddhanta
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Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
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Two Kinds of People
Part - 1
People living in the world can be divided into two groups. These two groups are very much alike in one way, and yet in another they are very different from one another. How are they a like and how are they different? They are alike in the way that both are looking for the same thing in life – happiness. They are different in a way that one group is looking for happiness in creation, and the other is looking for it in the Creator. One group follows materialistic philosophy and the other spiritual philosophy. 

Material philosophy says that we are the body and we need things of the world to satisfy us. So a materialist is constantly busy looking for happiness in things the world has to offer. He thinks that everybody wants happiness and by the fulfilment of every material desire, one can be happy. He believes that we are not eternal souls but mortal bodies, and by the fulfilment of the material senses one can be happy. The senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are the five senses of our body. With the help of these senses, we can make use of this world. So according to the materialists, the means of happiness in this material world is this corporeal body.

He is of the opinion that happiness can be attained by living in a big house filled with precious objects, driving the fanciest car, wearing designer clothing and the latest fashions, investing profitably and accumulating more and more wealth. He is always busy because there is always something he does not have, and he works anxiously to get it. Day and night, such an individual works for the sake of the body and one day he breathes his last breath after leading a meaningless life. He is an offender in the eyes of God, as he breaks the divine law: yavatbhriyeta jatharam tavatsvatvam hi dehinam . . . “Only keep as much wealth in your possession as is necessary for a simple life. Donate the rest. If you keep more than your share, you are a thief, and will be punished.”

An individual who breaks this law of God is even worse than an animal, for animals do not accumulate as he does.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
Once, Brihaspati, the Guru of celestial gods in the celestial abodes tricked the demons. He came in the form of Charvaka and taught them: yavajjivet sukham jivet rinam kritva ghritam pivet . . . “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we shall die.” Not only this, he added that with cremation of the body, the self is finished. In other words, he deliberately taught the wrong lesson. If we think that we are only the body, and we have only this one life to live, and there is no such thing as the soul or God, we will then start living like the demons did. They started catering only to the five senses: sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. This weakened them immensely. Brihaspati succeeded in his mission and the celestial gods defeated the demons.

On the other hand, a spiritualist thinks that we are eternal souls and not this physical body. This body is destroyable and is made up of five structural elements (water, air, fire, ether and earth) whereas the soul (‘I’) is spiritual and is an eternal part of God. Bliss is another name for God and being a part of Him, we naturally desire bliss. Unlike the materialists, the spiritualist realises that there is a vast difference between the mortal body and the immortal soul. The Gita explains: jatasya hi dhruvo mrityurdruvam . . . “One who is born is certain to die and rebirth is inevitable for the dead. The body takes birth one day and is therefore subject to destruction.” 

The soul on the other hand is immortal. Again it is said in the Gita: nainam chhindanti shastrani nainam dahati pavakah . . . “Weapons cannot pierce the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot drench it, nor can wind dry it. The soul is indestructible and immortal. It is not born, therefore, it never dies.”


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


to be continued next week...
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