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Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
is happiness eluding us? Because we are never satisfied. No matter
how much we get, we always hanker for more. Such is the nature of
every one of us in all fields and walks of life. How then could
finite material objects and flickering bodily or intellectual pleasures
satiate our infinite hankerings?
For as long as we go on searching for happiness within the material
plane, our efforts and endeavours are destined to be irrevocably
frustrated. Due to their natural limitations, material objects and
goals simply cannot satisfy our limitless hankerings. Only by seeking
out the beauty and love of the unlimited spiritual realm can we
hope to be successful in our common quest for lasting happiness.
to help us
The Lord is always
there, even in the worst period of our lives. He is waiting, waiting
to help us. We must only look up for His grace, with sincerity with
all sincerity. He is everywhere, waiting; "My boy, look at Me.
Don't make much of the external environment. I am here, very near
to you. You have cast your focus aside, you have cast your consciousness
outside. Make it internal and you will find Me here. Make it above.
You are looking down to secure servants and comforts, but if you look
up, for existence higher than you, you will find Me in that plane.
Look up! Don't look down, searching for servants."
You want to become a master and thus are searching for servants, hunting
after things for your service. Take the opposite course, become a
servant and search for your master, your Lord, then you will be uplifted,
taken up to a higher domain. If you want to live in a higher domain
you will have to serve. If you want to be a master, then you will
have to come down in the lower zone, where you can be a master.
This is neither exaggeration nor imagination, it is something scientific.
You can enjoy only those that are of a lower position. So, by attempting
to enjoy, mean association becomes inevitable. Only by preparing for
higher service will you be able to come in contact with your soul's
Sacrificeby sacrifice you go up; by enjoying spirit you will have
to go down. We are to understand what is exploitation and enjoyment,
and what is higher service. Divine service is pure, and in that service
there is also a pure type of joy and ecstasy. By giving we become
gainers and by extorting we become losers. This scientific truth should
robbing things from others, someone can find superficial satisfaction,
but underground there is some suspicion that the result won't be
very good: "The reaction will come to attack me." To exploit
by stealing provides some sort of enjoyment, but happiness is also
enjoyed by big donors through their giving in chariy. There is a
difference in quality between these two sorts of happiness, and
we are to distinguish between them.
In different planes there are different conceptions of happiness,
and a comparison is to be drawn between the qualitative differences
in the pleasure derived. We are to conceive of different planes
of life. The life of higher service is divine life. The Absolute
God is there. Everything is for Him. Everything here is for His
But, in which way can we attain divine life? What is mundane? And
what is divine? We are to differentiate between them. We have to
examine them in order to accept the divine life.
What is God? God is not an order supplier. If I am sick, I am not
to just ask, "Oh God, cure my sickness!" And if I am poor,
I should not only pray, "Oh God, give me money!" Such
mercenary connection is not very happy, but still it has some meaning
because at least there is thought that there is some supernatural
power and that He can do wonders. However, it is better to want
God without expecting anything mundane from Him. We should want
God who is the source of all this opulence the reservoir of all
rasa, love, beauty, charm, affection, ecstasy and eternal fulfilment
and we should not want anything else which we consider valuable.
We are to depend on Him: "Oh Lord, give me what is good. I
am an imperfect being, I do not know what is good and and what is
bad. Please provide whatever You consider to be good for me."
This is an improvement over praying to Him for mundane benefits.
But best is to accept the creed of unalloyed service to the Highest:
"I want You, my Lord, nothing else." And what will be
our connection with Him? Service. "I want only Your service."
At the beginning we might think we are being losers, but ultimately
we will gain. Apparently we are giving ourselves, we are sacrificing
our selfish interests, but in the subtle senses we gain thereby.
This ontological truth should be appreciated. It is neither a dogma,
nor blind faith. It is based on higher unprejudiced reasons.
Key to Fulfilment
life is unfulfilled and we want fulfilment, there is no doubt. But,
what type of fulfilment should we hanker for and search after? We
know we are in want, and at the same time we feel that we yearn
to remove our want and obtain satisfaction. No doubt this is so
for everyone. But how to make progress from unfulfilled life towards
fulfilment? To do that we are to search for God. We must search
Srila B. R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj
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