Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happiness and DIstress - Again and Again and Again

As human beings, we are ever striving to be happy. We believe it our birthright. We structure our life in such a way that, at every moment, we can have the greatest happiness, and concomitantly, the least possible unhappiness or distress. 

And yet, we generally fail miserably!  We work desperately to make ourselves happy, and sometimes, it appears to work - while at other times, despite our best efforts, happiness completely eludes us.  Sometimes, happiness just hits us, out of the blue, regardless of other circumstances.  But mostly, we think we made it happen. 

And then there are the darker times. Not necessarily total desperation, but simply blasé, apathetic, lackluster - simply missing something.  And of course, there are those horrid times - the worst of times, everything is wrong, bad, dark, miserable.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Phrase - "HUMAN FORM OF LIFE IS MEANT FOR" In Prabhupada's Books

According to the Vedic perspective, there are said to be 8,400,000 species of life, and of those 400,000 are human. The human form is considered to be a rare opportunity, as we have greater intelligence than other forms, and the free will to utilize that life either for sense gratification or for spiritual advancement.

Utilizing the Gitabase android app (Gitabase.com), I searched through the works of my spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada for the specific phrase "Human form of life is meant for".  In other words, those exact words had to come up.  They actually came up a total of 99 times, but many of those were in lectures, classes, and room conversations.  Copying only those that were in his actual printed books, I came up with these 14. (I think I got them all.)