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Radha Krishna Temple of Dallas

                       Issue: 28

                        Jan 2019
In This Issue
यत्तदग्रे विषमिव परिणामेऽमृतोपमम् |
तत्सुखं सात्विकं प्रोक्तमात्मबुद्धिप्रसादजम् ||

yat tad agre viṣham iva pariṇāme 'mṛitopamam |
tat sukhaṁ sāttvikaṁ 
proktam ātma-buddhi-prasāda-jam ||
(Bhagavad Gita 18.37)

"That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end, is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness. It is generated by the pure intellect that is situated in self-knowledge."
From the Editor's Desk
All of us are aware that nothing much changes on the New Year's Day except our calendars. Yet, as we step into the new year, we naturally begin to reflect and introspect how far we have come. It's because the New Year's Eve is a juncture at which we pause and make resolutions to grow and progress. This kind of self-reflection always helps us discover what we hope to change to be truly happy. We do this each new year with hopes of new habits, new plans, and new outlook. 

May we suggest you develop the right perspective to be truly happy and joyful right away?
Bhakti Ras 
Mastering the Art of Happiness
For eons, we souls have been on a happiness quest. It's because yearning for happiness is intrinsic to the nature of the soul. It springs from the fact that we are tiny parts of God, who is an ocean of bliss. The Vedic scriptures repeatedly describe God as an ocean of unlimited divine bliss; for example, Taittirīya Upaniṣhad states:

आनन्दो ब्रह्मेति व्यजानात्
ānando brahmeti vyajānāt (3.6)
"Know God to be bliss."

If we have been on this eternal quest, and everything we do is in search of that bliss, how come no extent of achievement or attainment satiates us entirely? Why is that no matter what happiness we receive, when we discern a higher state of happiness, the feeling of unfulfillment and discontentment lingers?

Although the ultimate motive behind our every action is the search for happiness, since each one of our actions differ in our constituent factors, the kind of happiness we derive out of our work is also different.

The Vedas refer to happiness in the mode of goodness as śhreya, which is unpleasant in the present but ultimately beneficial. In contrast to this is preya, which is pleasant in the beginning but ultimately harmful. Regarding śhreya and preya, the Kaṭhopaniṣhad states:

अन्यच्छ्रेयोऽन्यदुतैव प्रेयस्ते उभे नानार्थे पुरुषंसिनीतः |
तयोः श्रेय आददानस्य साधु भवति हीयतेऽर्थाद्य उ प्रेयो वृणीते ||
श्रेयश्च प्रेयश्च मनुष्यमेतस्तौ सम्परीत्य विविनक्ति धीरः |
श्रेयो हि धीरोऽभि प्रेयसो वृणीते प्रेयो मन्दो योगक्षेमाद्वृणीते ||
anyachchhreyo 'nyadutaiva preyaste ubhe nānārthe puruṣhaṁ sinītaḥ
tayoḥ śhreya ādadānasya sādhu bhavati hīyate 'rthādya u preyo vṛiṇīte
śhreyaśhcha preyaśhcha manuṣhyametastau samparītya vivinakti dhīraḥ
śhreyo hi dhīro 'bhi preyaso vṛiṇīte preyo mando yogakṣhemād vṛinīte
"There are two paths-one is the 'beneficial' and the other is the 'pleasant'. These two lead humans to very different ends. The pleasant is enjoyable in the beginning, but it ends in pain. The ignorant are snared to the pleasant and perish. But the wise are not deceived by its attractions, choose the beneficial, and finally attain happiness."

Now, the question of paramount importance is how do we position ourselves on this path of lasting, true happiness? "The art of happiness is accessible to one and all," assures H. H. Swami Mukundananda ji. Therefore, it is up to us how soon we embark on the journey to happiness. To develop this art and to spread happiness around you, watch H. H. Swamiji's video below:
Happiness Challenge that will Change your Life | New Year 2019 Challenge
Happiness Challenge that will Change your Life | New Year 2019 Challenge
Wellness for Life 
Searching for happiness is an unending quest for man. We can make ourselves happy by pursuing happiness in the right direction. H. H. Swami Mukundananda ji says
that no one teaches human beings to seek happiness. We continue to seek what we want until we have acquired it and feel happy.  Our search for happiness has been going on since birth. 

According to a Hindu legend, Bhrigu, the son of Varun Dev, described God as one who emanated the world, into whom the entire world will merge. His father said that God was not the subject of intuitive understanding and to understand God, one needed to do austerities.  Bhrigu conducted austerities and when he returned, he said that God wa
s a sustainer just as grain is the sustainer of life. But Varun Dev said that this was not correct.  Once again Bhrigu conducted austerities but this time he discovered that ananda or bliss is the nature of Brahman. He understood that God is Satchiananda. 
God's body is not made of bones and muscles like that of the humans but made bliss. God's nature is that of bliss. The Vedas say that bliss does not enter God from an external source. God is bliss.  Bliss is God. Thus, when we search for happiness, we are searching for bliss or God.  The bliss that the soul is searching for is infinite and unending. The infinite bliss of God is not temporary or limited but stays forever.  We are a part of God and God is bliss, so we too are drawn to the source of bliss by the force of gravity.
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