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Stop searching in the world, Bhakti alone will satisfy your soul


Stop searching in the world, Bhakti alone will satisfy your soul

Throughout our lives, we yearn for worldly things and relationships. The belief that worldly things and people will make us happy creates a deep attachment for them. Only to realise later that a lifelong chase for worldly happiness is nothing more than chasing a mirage in the desert. Often in our efforts to hoard material goods, we forget that we are only pleasing our senses while the soul remains thirsty and discontented. Worldly things cannot offer anything satisfying to the soul.

So why does the soul not find happiness in the world?

Shree Krishna answers this in the Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 15, Verse 7
ममैवांशो जीवलोके जीवभूत: सनातन: |
मन:षष्ठानीन्द्रियाणि प्रकृतिस्थानि कर्षति ||
"The embodied souls in this material world are my eternal fragmental parts. But bound by material nature, they are struggling with the six senses including the mind." 

The body is material and the world is also material. Worldly happiness enjoyed through the body will never satisfy the soul.  The soul is divine, and is a part of God. The happiness it seeks will be achieved only through God.  Those who realize this simple logic make God-realization the goal of their life. They make every effort to connect with God though continuous devotion and by centering every action on Him.

Lord Krishna further explains: (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 15, Verse 10)
उत्क्रामन्तं स्थितं वापि भुञ्जानं वा गुणान्वितम् |
विमूढा नानुपश्यन्ति पश्यन्ति ज्ञानचक्षुष: ||
 "The ignorant do not perceive the soul as it resides in the body, and as it enjoys sense objects; nor do they perceive it when it departs. But those who possess the eyes of knowledge can behold it." 

To be situated in the knowledge that I am the soul and not the body needs constant effort and devotional practice. It is only through continuous practice of Bhakti or Daily Sadhana that we can forgo the attachment for material pleasures and connect with God who is the source of divine bliss. This alone will satisfy the soul.