Divine Quest, 2

Why do you say that attachment of the senses and mind to the world (bhukti) is better than merging with God (mukti)?

In jnana marg, moksha or mukti means that the individual soul loses his identity by merging into God. His senses, mind and intellect cease to exist and he therefore becomes incapable of relishing any relationship with, or the bliss of, Shri Krishna. On the other hand, if someone is deeply attached to the world he does stand a chance of meeting a true Saint in some human birth. If he is able to develop faith in that Saint by practicing devotion and surrendering to him, he will surely realise and meet Shri Krishna one day. It does not matter if this process takes one birth or ten births. 

However, in mukti, the soul loses its identity by merging into God and forever loses the opportunity to enjoy the bliss of the divine love of Shri Krishna.

Which desires are condemnable and which ones are worth adopting?

All material desires up to the abode of Brahma and even the desire for moksh are condemnable and all desires relating to Shri Krishna, for the sake of our own happiness, are neither condemnable nor adorable. All desires relating to Shri Krishna purely for His happiness are praiseworthy and should be embraced. The very character and nature of devotion is that all desires for our own happiness are to be completely discarded. 

It is our nature to make ever new desires by constantly thinking and imagining that there is happiness in the material world. This nature of ours will continue to torment us until we reach the last stage of God-realisation. At that level, it will become your very nature to love Shri Krishna wholeheartedly. In fact you will not be able to survive without loving Him. Even a moment of forgetfulness will torment and suffocate you.

Therefore, the aim of all our desires should be to love and serve Shri Krishna solely for His happiness only.

 

Original answers given in Hindi by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj 

For more questions answered by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and published in Hindi click below: 

Prashnottari, Vol. 1

Prashnottari, Vol. 2

Prashnottari, Vol. 3

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