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- Friday, 10 June 2005
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We have been discussing Raya Ramananda Samvad, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhus
discussions with Srila Raya Ramananda. Now Mahaprabhu told him:
What is the goal of our life? We all want happiness. Is there anyone here who wants to suffer? Do you want suffering? If so, then come here; I will help you commit suicide. Why would you not want this? It is suffering, to be sure.
Actually no one wants to suffer, and that is why the Vedas say, sarve sukhino bhavantu everyone should be happy. We want to be happy, but what we think with this material mind is not really happiness. In wealth, in position, in family life, out of family life, real happiness is not what we think. What is real happiness? Sri Krsna is Love. God is Love, Love is God. Lord Sri Krsna is ananda-svarupa , the embodiment of happiness. He is sad-cid-ananda-svarupa , the embodiment of eternity, infinite knowledge and unfathomable bliss. Vijnanam anandam brahma the supreme reality is divine knowledge and bliss. (Brhad-aranyaka Upanisad 3.9.34) He is anandamaya , made of pleasure. He is not only ananda . He is certainly ananda Himself, but He is also anandamaya , that personality who is made of unlimited pleasure. And we, the living entities, are His part and parcels.
Ananda is the quality of happiness. It is abstract. Anandamaya, on
the other hand, means He who enjoys plenty of ananda and gives plenty
of ananda. Srila Vyasadeva has therefore referred to Krsna as anandamaya
bhyasat. [*See Endnote]
Everything good will come. All knowledge will surely come, and also
detachment from this world will come. But I am worried. Why is detachment
not coming to you, even though you are chanting Sri Krsnas names?
Many of you have had the association of pure devotees for several
years, and still you do not want to be a sannyasi? Why? You want to
marry again? You are mad now. I have come also to discuss these topics
with you to remind you that you cannot be happy without surrendering
[Happiness is the nature of the spirit, as stated in the Vedanta-sutras:
anandamayo bhyasatthe spirit is by nature full of happiness.
Happiness in spiritual nature always increases in volume with a new
phase of appreciation; there is no question of decreasing the bliss.
Such unalloyed spiritual bliss is nowhere to be found within the orbit
of the material universe, including the Janaloka planets, or, for
that matter, the Maharloka or Satyaloka planets, because even Lord
Brahma is subject to the laws of fruitive actions and the law of birth
and death. (Srimad Bhagavatam 2.6.18 purport)]