Don't Accept Counterfeit Happiness
It is stated in the Vedic wisdom:
"The Absolute Truth by nature is ānandamaya, always jubilant."
Just as a drop of ocean water is qualitatively one with the ocean, since we are part and parcel of the Absolute Truth our nature is also to be blissful at every moment. Because we are thus naturally constituted to be blissful and because at the same time we are currently trapped in a world which is miserable, we concoct in our minds the idea that we are happy. In this connection one novelist aptly titled his work, "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me." The idea of being stuck in a world of misery is completely unacceptable to the living being. Therefore he must imagine himself to be happy, much like the proverbial ostrich who sticks his head in the sand and thus imagines that he is protected from the predator who is coming to kill him.
But why should we settle for such inferior imagined happiness? Would we be willing to accept counterfeit money in lieu of genuine money? No, of course not. So why should we accept counterfeit happiness when we can get real happiness by reawakening the dormant enlightened consciousness which is right there within our hearts at this very minute? This is real intelligence. This is called Krishna consciousness.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
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