As for man, no further elaboration is necessary. He seeks unbroken
joy at all times and in all acts and activities. At no time, at a place,
at any stage in life, does he desire grief. He prays for the joy and
happiness of himself and his kindred through whatever worship he offers,
or whatever Bhajan he shares in, or whatever vows he fulfils or rites
he performs, or pilgrimages he undertakes or gifts he
makes for spiritual merit. Why? When the body suffers from any illness
and the doctor prescribes a medicine to cure it and make him whole,
man wants even that to be sweet, soothing and pleasant!
What is at the root of this desire? Man is fundamentally happy-natured,
Sukha-swabhava. Bliss is his very personality. He is not of the nature
of the body he occupies. He is the Atma. Happiness is the nature of
the Atma. That is why no one is surprised when you are happy; they are
not inquisitive about your happiness, for it is something natural to
you. Surprise arises only when you observe something that was not there
before. What you see every day does not arouse your curiosity. It comes
only when something unnatural happens or is observed.
Take this instance. A child is in the cradle. It playfully
laughs at either the jingling of bells or some toy or perhaps some sensation
which is pleasant enough to make it bloom; no one is surprised or worried
at all this. No one loses his peace of mind as a result of this. Now,
let the child that was playing and laughing, start shrieking and weeping
- every one within earshot will run towards the cradle and frantically
search the bed and bedclothes to discover the causes of all this commotion.
This is the experience of all who have something to do with children.
No one was worried to find out the reason why the child was happy; but
all sought for the cause when it wept. Why? Because Ananda or joy is
the nature; grief is unnatural, against its inner composition.
Geeta Vahini XIV