Srila Giri Maharaja – “In My Timeline: Happiness Video”

“Happiness” from TrulyMind’s Video

Jivana Pavana put the video above in my Facebook timeline along with this comment “Award Winning Animator’s Short Film ‘Happiness’ is Absolutely Brilliant”

My comment—

The animation “Happiness” from “TrulyMind’s Video” is not “Absolutely Brilliant”. It is foolish.

For a thing to be “Absolutely Brilliant” it must accurately and fully represent the “Absolute”, which this video does not.

In addition, the predicate must follow a subject. The subject is “Krishna” because He is the only thing that can give happiness. The animator introduces the predicate “is not here, not here, etc.” but without the subject (Krishna).

Happiness cannot be found simply by illustrating what it is not. That process is known as neti, neti, neti (not this, not this, etc.) or aroha pantha, the path of ascending knowledge—

There is another nice verse in the Brahma-saṁhitā that… Just I forget. The purport is that a person, if he tries to understand by his sensual process… This is called sensual, āroha-panthā. Āroha-panthā means trying to ascend. Trying to ascend. There are two kinds of ways to understand knowledge. One process is āroha-panthā, ascending process, and another process is descending process. Descending process. What is that āroha-panthā? Āroha-panthā means that “I shall understand what is God by my own knowledge. I don’t care for any authority, any books. I’ll understand, I’ll meditate, I’ll think, I’ll philosophize, and I’ll understand what is God.” This is called āroha-panthā. And against this, there is avaroha-panthā. Avaroha-panthā means getting knowledge from the authority. There are two processes.

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So the example is given here that if anyone traverse on the path of ascending process with the velocity of mind and air… Panthās tu koṭi-śata-vat… And if he makes progress not only for one day, two days, three days, one month—koṭi-śata-vatsara, millions and millions of years, if he goes in that speed… Panthās tu koṭi-śata-vatsara-sampragamyo vāyor athāpi manasaḥ. Vāyu. Vāyu means air. By the airplane or sputnik, or by the speed of the mind, if he makes progress…

Panthās tu koṭi-śata-vatsara-sampragamyo vāyor athāpi manaso muni-puṅgavānām. And not very ordinary man, but muni-puṅgava. Muni-puṅgava means the highest thoughtful. Puṅgava means the greatest, and a muni means thoughtful, thinker. If he goes on for millions of years in the speed of mind and speed of air, still, he will find still not knowable. Not knowable. Panthās tu koṭi-śata-vatsara-sampragamyo vāyor athāpi manaso muni-puṅgavānām, so ‘py asti yat prapada-sīmny avicintya-tattve. Still the subject matter remains inconceivable—inconceivable, not definite.

—Bhaktivedanta Swami Bhagavad-gītā, 8.14-–15 — November 16, 1966, New York

The animator wastes his time showing “what happiness is not” without giving the least clue as to “what happiness is”, Krishna.

The field of “what happiness is not” is unlimited. Therefore, there is no end to finding “what happiness is not” without ever finding “what happiness is.”

The beginning point must be “what happiness is (Krishna).” Until that is known one cannot say “what happiness is not.”

Prabhupāda: No. First of all, we must know what is religion, and what is atheist or what is theist. First of all, if we know what is religion, then we can define who is following, who is not following.

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Prabhupāda: Then what is the use of talking if you do not know the central point? He says that to come to the truth, neti neti. So we must come to the truth. So we must find out first of all truth, then we discuss the other, subordinate things.

—Bhaktivedanta Swami, Room Conversation with Roger Maria, (leading writer of Communist literature), June 12, 1974, Paris

The mayavadis spend their time running away from “what happiness is not”, never finding what happiness is.

The purpose of human life is athāto rasa jijñāsā, “Now is the time to search for happiness.” That means we must know what happiness is, i.e. Krishna, and search for Sri Krishna, and nothing else. The animator has given no information whatsoever as to what happiness is, or where and how to find Him. Therefore, his animation is useless.

Brahma-jijnasa, the search for spirit, is a dry thing. That is only the exercise of your thinking faculty, a jugglery of reason. Leave that behind. Begin the search for Sri Krsna and quench the thirst of your heart. Rasa jijnasa, raso vai sah. The things acquired by your reason won’t satisfy you. Jnana, knowledge, cannot really quench your thirst, so instead of brahmaj-ijnasa accept krsnanu-sandhana and begin the search for Sri Krsna.

—Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Search for Sri Krishna

Worse still, those who hope to find happiness by viewing his animation will find their time wasted every bit as much as those he portrays as seeking happiness, without ever finding it.

PS Devotees may enjoy the video because they know what happiness is and, what it is not.

PPS Immediately following my above comment Prabhu Jiva Pavana kindly offered a “Like” to it.