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Neither happiness nor unhappiness can last forever – Vanamali

Boundless joy can never be got from a changing world.

All material pleasures have to end at some time or other because duality is the nature of the world.

Neither happiness nor unhappiness can last forever.

We are always hankering for joy which lasts forever, not realizing that by the very nature of the world this is totally impossible.

The stage on which we are playing the drama of our life is the atman which is pure existence, pure consciousness and bliss. The only way to recapture the original state of bliss is to renew our relationship with that universal consciousness or Brahman which exists in us as the atman. This is Self Realization – when we recognize the real ‘I.’ This realization alone can give us boundless joy.

– Mataji Vanamali