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Don’t Live In Darkness; Move Toward the Light

The Vedas instruct us, “Don’t live in darkness; move toward the light.” “Light” refers to knowledge of our true spiritual form, of the Supreme Lord of whom we are minute parts and parcels, and of the eternal relationship of loving service, we have with Him. 

That Supreme Lord is known in the Vedas as Lord Krsna, which means the all-attractive reservoir of complete pleasure, knowledge and eternal existence. He has many manifestations and they are all non-different from Him.  He is the supreme person we generally call God, Allah or Jehovah. To serve Him in our constitutional or spiritual form is light, and this service brings full and eternal happiness.

“Darkness” refers to the state of spiritual ignorance. To be in darkness or ignorance means to be attached to objects related to  this  body  and  to  have  a  sense  of  possessiveness  toward  the things  of  this  world.  Everyone  in  this  world  wants  to  be completely  happy  and  no  one  wants  to  suffer.  We  can  see, however,  that  despite  people’s  endeavors  to  attain  happiness since  time  immemorial,  they  have  not  been  truly  successful.

Medicines,  trains,  airplanes  and  now  computers  have  been invented  with  the  intention  of  creating  convenience  and happiness, and new forms of entertainment have been designed for  this  purpose.  But has all this given anyone lasting inner happiness? It is especially thought that accumulating wealth can buy happiness, but who has ever become permanently happy by becoming wealthy?

There is, however, a transcendental science, a spiritual scientific process that leads one to eternal happiness and puts an end to one’s cycle of birth and death. That science is called bhakti-yoga, or pure devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Performance of bhakti-yoga does not require money, nor does it require us to expend much energy, but by practicing it we attain everlasting happiness.

Extract From Book - Secrets of the Undiscovered Self - By Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

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