(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, 2011) Lecture –Initiation, Part 1

Although we desired happiness in the material world, but somehow or other the activities that we were performing were not really successful. Sometimes for a while it seems successful but then it didn’t work out. As pointed out by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura that:

“One is baffled in material life.”

Baffled means defeated…we are defeated. Bhagavatam says:

parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto
yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam”,
(S.B. 5.5.5).

When a person is not dedicating his life to the absolute truth (not only into enquiring about the absolute truth, but also not living according to the absolute truth)then that person is entangling himself in the network of more and more complications, which are endless. And these complications are ultimately leading to unhappiness.

Sometimes, the unhappiness may not be acute. Not acute in the sense that the suffering is so much prevalent. Especially in the western world where we are living in, where there is a lot of comfort. Sometimes people say:

“But I have never really experienced so much suffering. My life has been quite pleasant”.

Yes, it may have been, but there is another type of suffering…..the suffering of not being fulfilled. Maybe when we live in comfort in our western world and after so many years, there has been peace in society, with so many years economically we have been doing well….we have all lived in great opulence in the western world. But we have only experienced emptiness of all that opulent lifestyle. The emptiness – the lack of happiness in that. So therefore, it is a fact that without Krishna Consciousness one cannot be happy!

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