Illusion of fame
  • sridatta1 May 2008
    Illusion of fame
    [A devotee asked about the bliss that can be derived in the fame obtained by doing social work.]
    When social work is done, people will praise you. Such praise will enter your brain and cause intense happiness. Suppose, a person is imagining the same social work to be done by him and also imagines the consequent praise, such imagination can also generate the same intense happiness. The feeling gives happiness. In the first case, hearing the praise generates the feeling. In the second case imagining the praise from people can also generate the same feeling. Once the feeling is the same, the result of the feeling (happiness) is also the same. You are in no way greater than the second case. If you consider the eternal fame even after your death, you are in no way connected with it to derive happiness in the next birth. Therefore, do not fall in the illusion of fame, which is also Maya. If you serve God and do social service under the guidance of God, God is pleased with you. The pleasure of God is real and is not illusory as in the above case of the fame.