Prema Rasa Siddhanta
Prema Rasa SiddhantaLanguage :English
$7.50
Read more »
Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)
Prema Rasa Madira (Vol. I - III)Language :English
$36.00
Read more »
Eternal Freedom from Suffering
Part - 1
We all have a mind that is responsible for all the actions that we perform.  Firstly, it is the mind that constantly creates desires.  The question is, “Why do we have desires?” This is because all souls desire true happiness, i.e. happiness associated with God.  To fulfil this natural desire for bliss, the mind constantly creates desires every moment.  There are five types of desires: the desire to see, hear, smell, taste and the desire to touch or feel. The mind desires to enjoy subjects related to these five senses, and it can desire for objects only in two areas, either related to God or related to maya, the material world.  Hence, this mind can either desire for God or for material objects. There is no third area where the mind can seek for happiness.

If we believe that happiness can be achieved from this material world, we will aim to fulfil our desires in this realm. If we believe that happiness can be achieved from God, we will automatically desire to attain Him.  This is a natural tendency and not learnt from anyone.  Not just human beings, but even animals and birds have this innate understanding. The mind works in accordance with the decision of the intellect, and has to desire what the intellect thinks is the source of true happiness. 

The material world is readily visible, but God is not easily seen. It is the nature of the mind to desire material pleasure, as it is made of the same elements that constitute the material world.  It is very natural and easy to get attracted to things that we can see, and we can see this material world and not God.  Although the Vedas, Shastras and Puranas praise God, and the message is repeated by the Saints, our mind is not able to concentrate in that direction. The mind is easily attached to material objects of pleasure, and seeks happiness in them.

Our experience of this world has taught us that there is no real happiness in material objects.  Initially, we may derive a lot of pleasure, but with time, happiness disappears.  We might have embraced our dear ones – our mother, father, son, daughter, husband or wife thousands of times and cherished our favourite Indian sweet, rasagulla thousands of times, but we still remain tense and disturbed. We have not achieved eternal peace or happiness from any of them. Our ultimate goal is to find happiness, but our experience seems to be the opposite.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
We think that the attainment of a material object or a person will make us happy.  But when we get it, we no longer derive happiness from it. We get disturbed because that object no longer provides the same level of happiness as before. We have all experienced this before, across countless lifetimes. It is the intellect that must decide that the material world has been created for the body, and not to provide happiness for the soul. 

This disease of desire affects even celestial personalities; the king of the celestial abodes, Indra desires for the seat of Brahma. What about humans? We wish to earn millions or become the Prime Minister of India. This is the limit of our desires. What else can we desire? But even the king of the celestial abodes has desires. Indra has the ability to get whatever he wants by just wishing for it. He has Varun, Kuber and Yamaraja as his servants, and yet he has desires. Why? It is because he is still deprived of the love of God. He did not attain the happiness related of the soul.  

Pleasure related to the senses are present in this material world as well as in the celestial abodes, however, it is a myth of this material world that we get immense happiness. After the initial pleasure, it keeps decreasing with time and finally turns to sadness. For example, on the arrival of a newly-wed bride, we dance, sing and spend lots of money. Extra care is taken for her. But after a few days or weeks of association, we tend to be disappointed with her. We think, “Maybe the other bride is good; the others person's wife is better."

Everybody wants his or her own happiness. The way you expect to get happiness from your wife, similarly your wife expects to get happiness from you. It is very obvious that there will be a conflict since both are fooling each other to get happiness, but neither of them have it. Both say that they wish for happiness to the other, but in reality no one wants the happiness of the other. 

Until we become God-realised souls, no one can wish or work for the happiness of others.  


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
Once a soul reaches the stage of Saints like Tulsidas, Surdas, Mirabai or Kabir, then that soul can think of helping others, since that soul has nothing left to achieve. These people can now work for the happiness of others or not do anything because their motive is fulfilled. The desire to reach God has been fulfilled and eternal happiness has also been attained. Material desires were destroyed in the beginning itself. A God-realised soul has no more desires! Now, they will desire to give happiness to others. 

What can God or God-realised Saints do? There is nothing that they wish to achieve further for themselves. They can only work for the benefit of others. The desire for God will arise once we let go the desire for this material world. We have only one mind. If we had two minds, one could desire to achieve God and the other could desire for the material world. But since we have only one mind, we can desire for only one of these things. Due to this confusion, the intellect is not able to make any decisions. When we get disappointed with this material world, the desire for God arises. But the very moment we start receiving happiness from the material world, we start desiring it.

Our condition is very similar to that of a dog. If you beat a dog, it will run away from you. It stares at you from a distance with anger. If you now give the dog something to eat, it will start wagging its tail and come back to you. Again if you beat it, the dog will run away and if you give something to eat, it will again come back to you. Similarly, when we are disappointed with our mother, father, brother, wife, husband or son, we start thinking that Saints are true and God is everything.  But when we start receiving happiness from them again, we again get attached to the material world.  Like toys, we dance to the tune of other people. Our mothers, sons, wives and husbands make us dance to their tunes. We get detached from the material world many times and get attached again. When we realise the true knowledge that the material world is made for the body, the soul is divine and a part of God, and that God is the real subject of the soul, we will then desire for God.


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


to be continued next week...
<< Dangers of Asking God for Worldly Things Divine Works of God and Guru >>