The Mirage of Happiness

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

Everywhere that there is no family connection, people ultimately become frustrated and suicidal. Everybody wants love from others. For want of love, people become very disheartened and dissatisfied. Sons and daughters go to visit their father and mother in their old family home for a few minutes, but no love is there. They come only as a matter of etiquette. Rich persons are not happy and poor persons are not happy. Learned persons are not happy and uneducated persons are also not happy. A man may think, “If I marry and get a beautiful wife, then I shall be happy.” But those who are married will tell you that they are not happy. Those who are not married will tell you that they are also not happy. We think that if we get grandchildren, sons and daughters-in-law, etc., then we will become happy. So we are always running after a phantasmagoria. It is said the scriptures that the rays of the sun reflect off the desert sand. From a distance, a clean sheet of water can be perceived. The beasts in the desert, being very thirsty, see this “water,” a mirage, and think that if they run toward it they will get it. So they move forward further and further, but the water continuously recedes further and further into the distance. But, it is an illusion of water only and ultimately the beasts will die running after it. Just like this, people think, “If I get money, I shall be happy. If I get a beautiful wife, I shall be happy. If I get a son or daughter, I shall be happy, etc.” Afterwards, we shall die, unhappy. This is phantasmagoria—false—because they are averse to Sri Krishna.

So, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that the root cause of all afflictions is our aversion to Sri Krishna. He is All-Existence, All-Knowledge and All-Bliss. We have an eternal connection with Him—we are the eternal servants of Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna.

— Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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