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True Happiness
Part - 1
There is only one thing that every living being desires: happiness. There is variation and variety everywhere in the world. There are 8.4 million forms that a soul could enter and they are all unique. Some of these reside in water, some in the air and some on the earth. All living beings are born from one of four ways. Some are born from a womb, some from eggs, some from moisture and some from the earth. If we take humans, out of 7 billion people on the Earth, not even two have the same features or fingerprints. What variation there is in this world!

Regardless of this, all embodied beings desire only one thing: happiness. Why? Have we never experienced happiness? We have indeed. We experienced this from our mother, father, husband, wife and other relations. We experienced this from sense objects. We saw from our eyes and felt happy. We heard with our ears and felt happy. We ate something and felt happy. Daily we are experiencing happiness. This is a fact. No one can deny this. But this happiness has two defects. First, it is limited. There is always a greater happiness beyond your current experience of happiness. When you become aware of the greater happiness your current happiness ends. 

A poor person gets a motorcycle and while riding he feels happy. He sees a car approaching and when its tire hits a puddle of water it throws mud all over him. He thinks, “What is the use of this motorcycle! Now if I had a car . . .” The joy of owning a motorcycle has come to an end. This happens in every area of happiness. When you see a form of happiness you consider better than your own, your current happiness ends. A person studies hard at university for four years to earn a degree to get a good job, and finally he finds one. His boss scolds him harshly on the very first day of work. He thinks, “What is this? Is this what I studied for?” His happiness comes to an end. He thinks, “One day I will take over his position.” Even if he does do this, he will still have another boss above him. So what we actually desire is unlimited happiness, a happiness beyond which there is no greater happiness.

Secondly, the happiness we desire should always remain. Worldly happiness steadily decreases and comes to an end. A mother’s son has disappeared. She is in a state of great distress. All night long, her anxiety causes her to wake up every hour. Her son was found and returned to her. She embraces her child with great joy. She hugs him a second time, but now her happiness was reduced. A third hug produced less happiness and by the fourth hug she says, “Go outside and play.” Why does this happiness reduce? We receive happiness from our other loved ones which also reduces the same way until we say, “How did I get such a mother? Does anyone have such a father as mine? I have wasted my life on this kind of spouse!” and so on. The very thing that was once a source of happiness becomes a source of sorrow.

What we actually desire is a happiness which is unlimited and remains forever. But what is the cause of this desire? There must be a few who desire unhappiness. Absolutely not! Every living being, from an ant to the creator Brahma, all desire happiness. But why is this? Because each and every living being is a part of God, who is the form of unlimited happiness. 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
Chandigarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
God has uncountable names. Out of these, one name is ananda, supreme divine bliss. We are a part of that. We are not this physical body. Each of us is an individual soul, and this is why we desire God’s ananda. Apart from God and us, there is also all of ‘this’, i.e. the world. There are three – you, the individual soul, He, who is God and everything else, the world or maya.

You have received so much worldly happiness. You experience it every day in so many ways and everyone has experienced and knows its nature. Yet everyone remains unhappy. The more wealth a person possesses, the more unhappiness he feels. The richest billionaire, the most beautiful woman or man, the most powerful government official – each is surrounded by personal bodyguards. Neither they nor their children can go out in the public by themselves. Many continuously worry that someone may try to kill them. Why? For their wealth or due to their power. This fear causes great suffering.

In fact, there are two great sufferings that are important to understand. Two forms of suffering affect us. One relates to the body and one to the mind. You all know what physical suffering is – today you caught a cold, you came down with a fever, your stomach is hurting, etc. There are even bigger diseases than this like cancer. Everyone suffers from these, regardless of whether they are a king or a billionaire. But the greatest suffering of all is mental suffering. What is that? Lust, anger, greed, jealous, and so on. These mental afflictions are the most frightening. A person may live in a house made of gold and lack nothing in this world, but he feels no peace. He is in depression. He takes sleeping pills just so he can get two or three hours of sleep. Why? Because he is wealthy.

If someone became the ruler of the entire Earth, he would still feel unhappy. He thinks, “The human body is so dirty and it becomes diseased, but a celestial body is really something special! It always exudes perfume. I have heard that the celestial gods never feel hungry or thirsty. If only I could go there . . .” He went there as Indra, the king of the celestial abodes. Even then he felt, “Brahma’s abode is still better than mine!” This disease never ends. We have been in the celestial abodes hundreds of thousands of times. The residents there also feel tense and agitated if they see someone who has more than themselves. Desires, anger, greed and all the mental vices still exist there. 

So these mental diseases that cause mental suffering are the most frightening. This is called the disease of maya.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
Chandigarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
Saint Tulsidas wrote, kama vatakaphalobhaapara, krodha pitta nit chhatijara. The root cause of physical disease is the three doshas of vata, kapha and pitta. Similarly, the Gita describes that desire, anger and greed are not only the source of mental disease, but also the doorway to hell and they lead to one’s utter destruction. So just as we take medicine for a physical disease, so we should take some medicine for these mental afflictions and there are many remedies prescribed for these that people practice. 

Saint Tulsidas writes, nem dharma achar tapa yoga yagyajapadaan . . . Proper behaviour, good actions, physical austerities, yoga, Vedic rituals, repetition of God’s name, the giving of charity – even if you take millions of these remedies prescribed in the name of dharm, these mental afflictions will not go away. No matter how many good actions you perform, you will only attain the celestial abodes, and there this disease will not stop. The source of this disease is maya. If maya goes away, then all these afflictions will also go away. If you cut the root of a tree, then the trunk, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers and fruit will all cease to exist. But if you cut just one branch, you will not eliminate the tree. Instead two, four or six new branches will grow in place of the one that was cut.

Desires are such that if you fulfil any one of them, it gives rise to greed. If you do not fulfil desire, it gives rise to anger. Both these enemies are standing before you. It does not matter if it’s a small desire or a big one. You had a desire that your child should obey you. “Son, bring me some water.” He ran to get it. You thought, “He will really serve us when we become old.” Ten minutes later you ask him, “Bring my glasses.” He remained sitting. “I said bring my glasses.” He still didn’t move. “Are you deaf? Didn’t you hear me?” Still he remained seated. “I gave birth to a demon!” He was the embodiment of service a few minutes earlier and now he is a demon!

You fight all the time in your home with your mother, father, husband and wife. Why? If your desire is not fulfil, you fight. If your desire was fulfilled, you developed more desires beyond this. Did you earn $100,000? “Yes, but now how can I get $200,000? What should I do?” Did you earn a billion? “Yes, but what business should I do so that I can double it?”

So desire, anger, and greed are the generals in maya’s army. Absolutely no one can defeat them, no matter if they are a human being, a celestial god or a demon. No one has ever been born anywhere in this universe who could defeat maya, and no one ever will be. Why? 


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
Chandigarh
© Radha Govind Samiti


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