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Title: Lasting Happiness
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2007-02-15 08:45:59
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada and assembled devotees,
please accept my simple obiesances.
Thank you for this oppurtunity to share a small realization from my reading and contemplation.:wonder:
Generally all us souls in this material realm are seeking something similar. It could be defined as 'seeking happiness.'
I know in life I have tried to find happiness in all sorts of ways. But through observation found that everything I was seeking happiness through had an end and was temporary. So the search for lasting happiness continued.
I have found that true happiness is not dependant on just seeking the positive and trying to avoid the negative. Happiness seems to come from a Higher Source. Where the positive and negative become harmonized, and seen in a different light. Through this vision constant grasping and avoiding begins to cease. And gradually a real constant begins to appear in the consciousness. I feel this is a key where true happiness is found.
We have an eternal Guardian and Master. By turning back to Him, we can begin to surrender and let Him take charge. Pleasing Him is the key to real happiness. Coming back into our real position, as a harmonious part and parcel of God. In Him is found perfection and beauty. In Him is found peace, the peace of God that transcends this world of duality. Here is our true happiness.
Hari Bhakti Vilasa of Sanatana Goswami.
yatha hi kamadam nrinam
mama tushti-karam param
yatha-as; hi-indeed; kamadam-fulfilling desires; nrinam-of the people; mama-of Me; tushti-karam-pleasing; param-great; bhakti-yogam-the yoga of devotional service; maha-punyam-very sacred; bhukti-mukti-pradam-giving happiness and liberation; shubham-auspicious.
"The sacred and auspicious yoga of devotional service pleases me and fulfills the devotee's desires. It brings happiness and liberation."
Title: Re: Lasting Happiness
User: pamho Date: 2007-02-16 02:17:24
I offer pranama unto Shri Krishna Chaitanya who is naturally manifest with the panca-tattva and in whom the contrasting qualities of unity (abheda) and distinction (bheda) simultaneously exist.
I offer pranama unto the servants of Shri Gaurachandra, who are all pure Vaishnavas,
Most respectable Vaishnavas! Please accept my humble obeisances!
In a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, we find this statement:
"The happiness beyond all happiness comes from loving God and feeling oneself loved by Him."
This happiness beyond all happiness is the happiness of our original nature as pure spirit, which needs nothing material to sustain its existence. Some people pray to God for the happiness of physical satisfaction. Others pray for the happiness of wealth. Still others pray for the happiness of a long life in the body. But these kinds of happiness are not real happiness. Therefore these kinds of prayers are not real prayers.
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the original founder of the Hare Krishna movement in India five hundred years ago, prayed in this way:
"O Lord of the universe, I do not desire material wealth, materialistic followers, a beautiful wife or to achieve anything else the poets of this world describe in flowery language. All I want, life after life, is unmotivated devotional service to You." In the original Sankshrit, Shri Chaitanya's prayer closes with the words bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi, "Let there be bhakti (pure devotion) with no motives unto You."
This is the prayer of a pure soul to his pure God in pure love.
I have heard people say, "But if we pray like that, how will we live? After all, we are not disembodied souls floating in empty space. We have so many needs to attend to in our present condition." I answer their question with another question:
"Do you think God is a miser? If you simply pray to God, `I want You and You alone, for You are the true and only shelter of my life," do you think He will neglect you in any way?" After all, God is a person -- the greatest, kindest, gentlest, most loving and most beautiful person. What endears us to the people we know? Is it our friendship, or our demands of them? Obviously, if you are a friend to someone and he is a friend to you, he will naturally want to help you in so many ways. But if you pester someone, "give me this, give me that," without showing any true feeling for him as a person, he'll not be pleased with your company.
What we Vaishnavas call "material religion" is based upon this pestering process. What we call "spiritual religion" is based upon love. Spiritual prayer is the echo within our hearts of the original Voice of Pure Devotion, which cries out for Her Lord in the acute anxiety of separation.
"O Govinda (Krishna)! Feeling Your separation, I am considering a moment to be like twelve years or more. Tears are flowing from my eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling all vacant in the world in Your absence."
This is another beautiful prayer composed by Shri Chaitanya. There is a transcendental mystery to His identity. He appeared in this world as a sannyasi, a wandering ascetic. In fact, He is Radha-Krishna Themselves, Who mix together in loving ecstacy as one person stricken by the deepest of divine emotions. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave the world the simplest and most sublime formula for prayer: the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, which expresses the essence of all pure religion:
"Oh my Lord Krishna, Oh Hare, Energy of the Lord, kindly engage me in your blissful service." The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is chanted thusly:
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna!