Quotes of the day
Misery is mistaken for happiness, pain is mistaken for pleasure.
Reading of the day.
The moment you move towards the external scene, you are surrounded by external objects; and each external object has got its own attraction for your mind due to long association. This attraction starts pulling you out. The fascination of nama-rupa (having name and form) to the chitta is part of the function of Prakriti, Maya. And Maya is full of power of tremendous attraction to delude the jiva.
In the Katha Upanishad, this deplorable state of man is clearly mentioned. Yama tries to make Nachiketa understand that Brahmaa, the Creator, made the mind outgoing by its very innate tendencies, because of rajoguna. Therefore, the jivatma beholds only the outer universe and not the inner Self. And beholding only the outer universe, the jivatma is subject to change, decay, modification and destruction. He finds no happiness. Once a person recognises the cause of one’s suffering and weeping, of disappointment and frustration, this disillusionment, he makes up his mind, and says: “No, no. Happiness does not lie outside. I have made a great blunder. I shall reverse this state of affairs.” Thus making a sankalpa and determination, he makes up and tries to reverse this process by making the mind to go inward by closing the doors of senses, and he aspires to find true happiness. Real happiness is found in the Atman and not in the outer world of change, modification and decay. This is vichara – the process of philosophical enquiry. He turns the gaze inward. This is pratyahara – turning away the gaze from the external and directing it towards the inner Self.
You have to make the process of philosophical enquiry constantly active. You must reason thus: “This object is attracting me, my mind is being pulled towards it. Is it going to bring my welfare? Is it going to be conducive to my peace of mind? Will I get real happiness out of it?” If you make this right enquiry into the real nature of the so-called sensual enjoyment, it will tell you that this is not enjoyment, but this is suffering. If you go towards enjoyment, you become enslaved by it, addicted by it. If you do not find it, you suffer. What you think to be enjoyment is actually suffering. Lord Krishna Himself says, “Ye hi samsparshaja bhoga duhkhayonaya eva te – The enjoyments that are born of contacts are only generators of pain.” (5.22). Misery is mistaken for happiness, pain is mistaken for pleasure. By satisfying your desire, you intensify it, and it becomes a source of great agitation and mental restlessness. “Ashantasya kutah sukham – To the man who has no peace, how can there be happiness?”(2.66). Repent, open your eyes, and try to correct yourself. Be wise. Awake, arise. [271. 30 lines. PPP]