jaga kamana hai shatru govind radhe
vako hari or mori mitra bana de
Our greatest enemy is only worldly desire. How many kinds of desires are there? There are only five in total: the desire to see, the desire to hear, the desire to smell, the desire to taste and the desire to touch. These are the five senses God gave us. Each sense has its own subject: sound, touch, form, flavour and scent. Caught up in these desires since eternity, we continue to reincarnate in the 8.4 million species of life.
There is one soul and five senses, and each sense is pulling the soul in its direction. The eyes say, “Look, then you will experience happiness.” Isn’t it possible to experience happiness through hearing? The eyes say, “No!” The ears say, “You will find happiness through hearing, not by seeing.” These five senses are taking the poor soul in five different directions. This is described very beautifully in the Bhagavatam (7.9.40). Each of these five senses are taking the body’s master - the soul - in five different directions. Why? Because the soul is asking for something: happiness. What is that happiness like? This we do not know. How will we find it? We do not know. But as long as we don’t give happiness to the soul, the soul will not give us a break. These five senses and their governor, the mind, are all engaged in finding happiness to give to the soul.
But our efforts are like trying to extract ghee from water or oil from sand. We want the impossible to become possible. There is no happiness in the world. God made the world to be used for the body’s maintenance. Instead, we are using it for happiness. The punishment for this is to continue to be reborn in the 8.4 million species of life; this is the jail we go to.
A jnani would say to leave these worldly desires. If you were to leave them, then what would happen? Your greed and anger would both go away. Why do you experience these emotions? Because when desire is fulfilled, it produces greed. When desire is not fulfilled, it produces anger. This happens to you a hundred times a day with your mother, father, child and spouse. One of these two emotions must happen because you formed a desire. Now you won’t be saved – you will either become greedy or angry.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
16 July 2010
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