Question: To wipe out attraction / attachment for sense pleasures, which sentiment is better – “Naasato vidhyate bhaavah” (Gita 2:16) (Unreal has no existence), or “Vasudeva Sarvam” (Gita 7:19)(All is only God)?
Swamiji: He who has immense attraction / attachment to the world, for him, the “Unreal has no existence” this sentiment will suit him well, and he would it less attracted / attached to the world, for him, Vasudeva Sarvam – “All is God” – this inner sentiment will suit him. In reality, both these sentiments are the same. Of the two, if any one is attained, then the other will automatically be attained.
In whom there is fear of snake, for him, one has to tell, “this is not a snake, it is a rope.” But in he whom there is no fear, saying to that person “it is a rope” is of no value. The point is that for those who have greater attraction / attachment, for them prohibition, denial is most important.
Question: Without attaining the highest happiness (Bliss), how can attraction for insignificant (unimportant, short-lived) happiness be given up?
Swamiji: The solution to this is that, pay attention, respect, and have faith regarding the subject of divinity, even if you gain the slightest bit of happiness. Just like, in discourses, hearing divine stories, chanting holy name, etc. one gains pleasure, but there is no object or passion / sense enjoyment, but we do not honor it. If in transcendental / divine subject, if even the slightest bit of happiness is gained, we must continue to have faith in it, and as we continue to leave the trust we have in worldly enjoyments, then we will be able to experience Ultimate Bliss!
In reality, we do not want either short-lived happiness, or Ultimate Bliss! There is nothing to attain!
From “Prshnouttermanimaala” # 40 “Sukhaasakti” in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji, page 124
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