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Brahma-Bhutah Prasannatma

Because the education was very high, Vedic education. Satisfied with Brahman's realization. Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā [Bg. 18.54]. Not very long ago, say about 300 years ago, there was a brāhmaṇa, a very rigid brāhmaṇa, in Kṛṣṇa-nagara, near our Māyāpura. And brāhmaṇa’s business, he was teaching. So the king of that place, means a big zamindar, Rājā Kṛṣṇa-Candra … By his name, that place is Kṛṣṇa-nagara. So he heard about the brāhmaṇa, very learned brāhmaṇa, but very poor. So he one day came to him and asked him, “Brāhmaṇa, can I help you anyway?” So he said, “No, I don’t require any help from you.”
“No, I see you are so poverty-stricken. You have no sufficient means.” “No, I am not poverty-stricken. My students, get some alms of rice. So my wife boils the rice, and here is a tamarind tree. So I take some leaves and boil it, and that’s sufficient. Why I am poverty-stricken?” He’s satisfied, whatever is coming automatically, that’s all. He doesn’t require any higher standard of life, any botheration. He is satisfied, little rice and tamarind juice. That’s all. So in each and every home, formerly, this independence was very much valued. So in modern education, this independence is being killed. People are becoming unemployed, machines. Machine … High technologist means he must find out a job where technological machines are there. Otherwise, he will starve, and he will have to go round, factory to factory: “Will you give me some service?” “No vacancy.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.3.18-19 – Bombay, March 23, 1977,  At Cross Maidan Pandal)


So we see here how nicely Srila Prabhupada puts it, what is a real success in life – Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā. This is happiness! It is there within us always. We do not have to go anywhere, chase after anything or anyone, we do not have to do anything. We must simply see what happiness is there waiting within.

The whole world is very eagerly, and with so much intense endeavor, chasing after the idea of happiness, the idea that happiness will be there only when I get this widget or that position or the girl or guy of my dreams, etc. We have unlimited ideas of how that happiness will be found from outside.

This is the whole illusion! The very idea that happiness will be found anywhere but within is ludicrous. Total madness! We must give up this idea, the idea of material happiness, for that is all it is. It is just a bad idea. How can a dead piece of matter satisfy the living entity, on that same note how can a living entities’ container, the material body, made out of dead matter, satisfy us the living soul? But we must have our satisfaction and happiness, so we must then look within, to the life, not to the dead matter.

So naturally, you’ll be asking “how will we find it within?” The answer is just as simple as the question. Happiness means to be in touch with the source. When we are in touch with the source all things are there. If I may state the obvious – everything comes from the source of all things, and that source is Krishna. If we want something it simply makes sense to go to the source where it comes from. So we must go to Krishna. There is a process to go to Krishna. That process is to chant his holy names:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

We must also always remember and serve Him via His current link representative (Acharya) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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