The searching mood of the sincere seeker of truth.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

What will be our guiding principle? Sense satisfaction, or social work in this mundane world, or getting out of this mortal atmosphere? For which and what will be the symptom of what I want to invite as my guardian, as my friend, as my everything? These practical things: what am I living for?  I am breathing; what for? I am eating; what for? I am working; what for? Thinking; what for? Every second, all energy should be used to enquire about my Lord, by losing whose company I am suffering so much.

Knowingly or unknowingly, we are searching for the perfect thing, but we are misguided. That is maya. We are seeking, searching for satisfaction, in the lowest. There is sense satisfaction, then intellectual satisfaction, and then soul satisfaction. This is what is desirable: soul satisfaction—permanent satisfaction—not temporary and conditioned satisfaction. Not external satisfaction, but innermost and wholesale satisfaction. Prahlad Maharaj said, “Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi Visnum: those who are hankering after external satisfaction do not know, they can not detect, that their internal hankering is for the substance, not for the cover.” The cover is connecting with the cover, but the internal soul is searching for the touch of the internal Supersoul of the whole world. Without that, there will be no end to satisfaction or enquiry.

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.

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