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Unit - 16
Lesson - 1608: God as the Giver of Happiness
By Raja Subramaniyan
People pray to God to fulfill their wishes. The preferences and Impressions of the devotee determine the level of fulfillment of the wishes.
Role of Preferences:
The accumulated Preferences of a person determine what he wants to achieve in life. His immediate goal in life and the long term objectives are determined by his likes and dislikes prompted from the accumulated Preferences. In addition, to which god he prays and the quantum of the effort he puts in to reach the goal also stem from his accumulated Preferences.
Role of Impressions:
The actions performed by the individual could be classified as good, bad or indifferent. God decides to grant the wishes of the concerned individual depending on the ratio of his good and bad actions.
Happiness depends on the knowledge
Based on the Preferences and Impressions, God grants the wishes of the devotee. However, whether the devotee gains happiness or not depends on his Knowledge. Preferences dictate what is desirable and it may not necessarily be what is good. Whether the goals or objective in life is good or appropriate is decided by the knowledge of the person.
Example: A child will prefer a chocolate to a high value currency note. The knowledge of the child is not yet grown to a sufficient level to guide the child to choose the currency note, which can buy many chocolates.
Similarly, the knowledge level of the individual may guide them to seek a lower level of happiness. Those with the highest level of knowledge will seek the non-diminishing happiness, undisturbed peace and everlasting security. God will accordingly guide them towards their goal.
There are many people, who seek temporary sensual pleasures and God provides them the same.
Therefore, it is essential to treat God as our destination and not as a means to reach our destination. If God is treated as a means, he will meet the expectation and help us reach our chosen destination. However, on reaching the chosen destination we will continue to feel insufficient and again seek the help of God to reach the next destination. This process will continue until we realize that God is our ultimate destination.
Teaching 105: God is not only the means but also the destination for all
Teaching 106: God answers our prayers according to our preferences and impressions
Chapter 9: The Most Confidential Knowledge [Verses: 16 - 21]
9.16 I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering to the ancestors, the healing herb, the holy chant. I am the butter, the fire and the offering.
9.17 I am the father, the mother, the grandfather and supporter of this universe. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable Om. I am also the Rg, the Sama, and the Yajur [Vedas].
9.18 I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge and the well-wisher. I am the source of creation, sustenance and annihilation of everything. I am resting place and the eternal seed.
9.19 Oh Arjuna, I control heat, the rain and the drought. I am the cause of mortality and immortality. I am the manifest as well as the un manifest.
9.20 Those who study the Vedas and drink the soma juice, seeking the heavenly planets, worship Me indirectly. They take birth on the planet of Indra, where they enjoy godly delights.
9.21 When they have thus enjoyed heavenly sense pleasure, they return to this mortal planet again. Thus, the seekers of sense pleasures, who have followed the rituals of the Vedas, achieve only flickering happiness.