At first sight, it appears that crying must make a person sad, but why would a sad person add to his sorrow by crying? No. It makes him happy. By crying, he removes the sorrow he has received and some comfort enters his soul. This was the first thing you did when you were born. You cried. Your first act was to cry and you kept crying all your life. You attained many things - you received your BA, MA and D. Lit. You got married, had children, got a house and a car, but your crying did not stop. Illnesses like lamenting, hankering; lust, greed, anger, etc. surrounded you; imprisoned you. You are at peace only for as long as you are in deep sleep. Deep sleep; the kind in which you do not even dream. This is called sushupti and it is the greatest happiness in the material realm. When you wake up after deep sleep you say, "Today I slept well. I feel great." In your dreams you experience various types of sorrow. You get beaten, insulted, etc. but in deep sleep you experience nothing; just peace. In other words, you get relief from sorrow. But this is temporary. When you wake up, you start worrying about your son who is seriously ill and about your wife, and about this and that, and the world again enters your head. Tension.
Souls bound by maya are always striving for happiness through these opposing actions. If I keep talking for 8-10 hours, what will you all think? "Please stop now." I have talked for 8 hours at a stretch. I have talked a lot in my life. So much so that listeners have become tired. 3-4 hours was a common occurrence. You do not like just one aspect of something; you want both sides. But all for happiness alone; there is no other purpose.
You have one very big misconception. What is it? You think, "He is my well-wisher." Be it your father, mother, spouse, neighbour or anyone else. "He is my well-wisher; He cares for me; he loves me." This deception has kept you in the cycle of birth and death since eternity. This deception just doesn't seem to leave. The Vedas challenge,
nava are . . .priyabhavanti (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.5) No one loves for the sake of another's happiness; everyone loves for their own happiness. For their own happiness. If one loves in the world then it is for his own happiness, and if one goes to the jungle as an ascetic, this is also for his own happiness. He did not attain happiness there and so he went over there. We are tiny parts of God, who is true happiness. Hence, it is our nature to seek happiness alone, and until we get it, we will not stop working for a single moment. With the mind, body and the senses - our every action is for the attainment of happiness.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
9 February 2002
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