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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
Part - 4
Shri Krishna says in the Gita (7.14), “O souls listen carefully! Maya is My power. It belongs to Me. Only when I say go will it go. You cannot remove it through your own effort.” So God and the scriptures are issuing a challenge. Maya is a power of God and without God’s grace, maya will not go away. As long as maya does not go away, none of its children will go away. 

So everyone is suffering and we will continue to suffer as long as we do not receive God’s grace. So how do we receive it? There must be some condition we have to fulfil because, after all, Saints like Shankaracharya, Nimbarkacharya, Madhvacharya, Tulsi, Soor, Meera, Kabir, Nanak, and Tukaram received God’s grace. They must have fulfilled some condition that we did not, and that’s why we are continuing to suffer. So what do we need to give to God so He bestows His grace on us? We cannot see Him to render service to Him directly so He graces us. In the world, if we needed something from some great king, we could at least sweep the footpath outside his door. He would occasionally glance at us and perhaps say, “He comes here every day to sweep. Alright, what do you want? Tell me.”

God is omnipresent. He also resides in our hearts and hears our desires, but we do not see Him and realise His presence. Rather, we dispute this, “Listen, if you mix salt in water, it would become salty. If you mix sugar in water, it would become sweet. But if God is omnipresent, He is also in this water. Then why don’t I experience Him? Where did He go? I drink water every day!” Yet the Vedas, the Puranas and even the Bible explain that God permeates every particle of this world. All scriptures say this. Our response to this is another argument, “It is just hearsay that God is omnipresent. Even if He is omnipresent, that’s fine. But what is He doing for me? He’s not fulfilling my aim now, nor will He in the future.” So God says, “Have faith.” What should we have faith in? He says, “That I am residing in your heart. There’s no need to go anywhere to find Me. I am seated in the temple of your heart.”


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
Chandigarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 5
The Mundaka Upanishad says there are two eternal friends that reside in your heart – you and God. Just believe it. But this is where we have a problem. We do not accept this. If we did accept this, then there would only be one thing left to do after this: beg. What is required is to believe and then to beg. A person may say, “But when I go to the temple I beg all the time. ‘O God! Let me see You. Grace me.’” Everyone prays to God like this wherever God is worshipped and you also do it in your own home. But your begging is just superficial. You are only asking with your voice and words. You are not begging from the heart.

It is customary everywhere to offer food to God before eating. A person closes his eyes for a few moments and thinks, “Oh God, come and eat.” In temples, big offerings of food are made to the Deities. But does any temple priest have faith that God will actually eat that food? If he had even .1 percent faith that this was possible, after opening his eyes he would look to see, “Alright, what did God eat?” And if he saw that God did not eat anything, he would feel bad. If someone in your own family refuses to eat, you will definitely feel bad and you also will not eat. You would cry and say, “He left without eating!” But if God left without eating what was offered to Him, you have no reaction at all. Then why offer food to Him if you don’t believe He will actually eat it? You may respond, “It’s a tradition. My father did it so I do it too and besides that, everyone does it. I also sprinkle water over the food and say a few mantras.” So will God eat because you said a few mantras

If someone discovers you are acting insincerely with them in the world, his mood will go completely off. Yet you are acting like this before God who is all-powerful, omnipresent and all-knowing. From your mouth you verbally recite, “You alone are my mother,” but you love your physical mother who is at home. How could God grace you? When you were a newborn and you were hungry or thirsty, or a mosquito bit you or you wet your diapers or you felt cold, what did you do? You could not speak or indicate what you needed. Then how did you remedy this? You simply cried. For everything that bothered you there was just one remedy, crying. Your mother thought, “Why did he cry? Oh, he’s cold! Four hours have passed, he must be hungry!” Your physical mother can make a mistake determining what you need, but your divine mother is not like this. But do we cry and beg for His grace? “O Lord, please remove this maya. Grace me so I may see You. Bestow on me Your divine love.” Even if the technique is correct, the content is wrong. The majority of people ask instead for the world.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
15 November 2009
Chandigarh
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 6
It is just because of this, i.e. practicing devotion with the physical body and senses and attaching the mind to the world, that we fail to receive God’s grace. We have passed through uncountable births doing exactly this. Even if you practice devotion for hours at a stretch, what do you do during that time? How many tears do you shed to meet God? Most say, “Oh, I didn’t do that. I was counting prayer beads,” “I read from a scripture,” or “I went on pilgrimage.” These are just physical things – what did your mind do? God wants your mind.

God cannot be attained by any other means except love! You must cry and beg Him. Become like a small child and eliminate your cleverness. Being clever and cunning will work for you in the world, but not in your devotion. In devotion you have to again become like a small child and cry and ask God to see Him and to receive His love. Don’t ask for the world. The truth is whatever you get from this world makes you farther away from God.

The luxuries of this world increase pride and ego. Pride, ego and God are enemies. Therefore, the remedy for all these mental afflictions is to cry and call out to God. Beg Him for His grace. Do not ask Him for moksha (liberation) and do not ask for bandhan (bondage), in the form of worldly desires. Only ask for grace. What do we know of what exists in His divine abode? Whatever He thinks is best He will bestow on us. Therefore, we should also ask Him for the common sense to know what to ask for. If a young child is presented with a priceless diamond or a piece of candy, he will choose the candy. What could he know about the value of the diamond? 

Once God went to the celestial abodes and Indra greeted Him with great pomp. God said, “Ask for a boon.” Indra said, “Please give me such a woman whose beauty has no comparison anywhere in the three worlds.” God smiled and thought, “Just look at what he is asking for! Does he lack female companionship?” Menaka and the other celestial maidens also reside in the celestial abodes. But to fulfil his request, with His power of yogamaya, God manifested millions of women, “Here, choose one.” Indra chose one maiden, Urvashi. He took her to his Guru, Brihaspati. They bowed to him and asked for his blessing. Brihaspati said, “Who is this woman?” Indra said, “Guruji, I met God and then He said I should ask for boon and then . . . well . . .” Brihaspati said, “What? You made such a foolish request of God? You are defaming your Guru! God has unlimited divine bliss, why didn’t you ask for that? You have had the association of millions of women in previous lives. Aren’t you satisfied yet? Again you asked for a woman?” Indra said, “Oh but Guru Ji, God already left. I made a mistake!”

So stop this disease of asking for the world. Just ask Him for His grace and love. Become innocent. Do not apply your intellect to this. Reciting a special Sanskrit mantra or prayer will not fulfil your aim. Cry and speak to Him in your own language, whatever that may be. God responds to the feelings of your heart, not the words you utter. This understanding is the essence of all the scriptures.


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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