Prema Rasa Siddhanta, 3

We have been striving every moment since time immemorial to attain bliss and will continue to do so. Now the astonishing fact is that in spite of our continuous efforts of countless lifetimes, we have not as yet attained this bliss. What is the reason for this? The fact is that we have not yet understood or made a firm decision as to what bliss is, where it is to be found and how it is attained. Now, let us reflect on what bliss is.

According to the Vedasyo vai bhuma tatsukham . . . (Chhandogya Upanishad 7.23.1) Bliss is always infinite in nature. It is never limited because attainment of bliss itself implies that it can never be overcome by suffering and there should be no other pleasure greater than it. Just as light can never be overpowered by darkness, the person who has attained bliss can never be overcome by sorrow.

Let us now contemplate on where such everlasting and unlimited bliss can be found. This question itself is a profound one. There have been innumerable contrary viewpoints on this subject since eternity. However, there is no reason to give up hope. It will be conclusively resolved right now.


An extract from:

Prema Rasa Siddhanta - Philosophy of Divine Love 

Chapter One, The Ultimate Goal of all Living Beings, p. 8-9

Originally written in Hindi by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

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