Manís Eternal Quest ~ Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

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Post by Sarveswara on Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:19 am

Manís Eternal Quest



Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda



The Desire that Satisfies All Desires

The glory of God is great. He is real, and He can be found in the life. In menís hearts there are many prayers Ė for money, fame, health Ė prayers for all manner of things. But the prayer that should be first in every heart is the prayer for Godís presence. Silently and surely, as you walk on the path of life, you must come to the realization that God is the only object, the only goal that will satisfy you; for in God lies the answer to every desire of the heart.

When you have found it impossible to fulfil some urgent wish by your own effort, you turn to God in prayer. Thus every prayer that you utter represents a desire. But when you find God, all desires vanish, and there is no need for prayer. I donít pray. That may seem a strange thing to say, but when the Object of your prayer is with you all the time, you no longer have need to pray. In fulfilment of the wish or prayer for Him lies joy eternal.

Material desires come through certain mistaken conceptions about purpose of life. This earth is not our home. Te scriptures have told us we are children of God, made in His image, and that it is the will of the Divine that we return to our Source. What man does not realize is that unless and until he goes back to the Source, back to God, he will have to struggle to fulfil endless desires. Reflect on that. Man cannot help having desires, and it is not a sin to have them; but most human longings hamper fulfilment of the supreme desire to return to God, hence they are detrimental to manís happiness. Until he wants and has God, man will continue to long for whatever else he believes will make him happy. But to him who has God, instant fulfilment of all desires comes automatically.

There are two classes of desires: those that help us to find God, and those that obstruct our finding Him. For example, if someone hits you, you want to retaliate; but if you overcome that desire by using the superior power of love, you have applied the action that will help you to find God. All desires should be satisfied in the divine way. When you try to satisfy them in the worldly way, you only multiply your difficulties. If you learn to give every desire to God, He will see to it that your good desires are fulfilled and the harmful ones are overcome. There is no protection greater than your conscience, and the divine quality of your good desires. If you but looked at your soul, the all perfect reflection of God within you, you would find all your desires satisfied! In that divine consciousness, having which, no other gain is greater, you would be unmoved even if the whole world were given to you; neither would praise elate you, nor blame hurt. You would feel only the great joy of God within.

(This is an excerpt from the book Man's Eternal Quest by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)


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