Our scriptures say, Sat chit ananda is our very nature. Let us examine what a man seeks in his life. They are Sat, the Existence Chit, the Knowledge Ananda, the Fullness Sat – There is an innate desire in every man to perpetuate his existence, to live a day longer. Every man wants to protect himself to remain alive. The whole pharmaceutical industry thrives on this innate desire of man. So Sat is the love for life or immortality or existence. Chit - Love for knowledge is a kind of desire and leads everybody to different pursuits. We cannot stand ignorance. The media is an industry which thrives on this desire. We can manage without breakfast in the morning, but not without newspaper ! Ananda – Third pursuit is to gain happiness. Everybody has a basic desire to be happy. By saying that a man is searching for sat, chit, ananda, we mean that he wants to get rid of mortality, ignorance and unhappiness. That is because they are unnatural and we do not like them. This indicates sat, chit ananda is the nature of every human being. That is what I am ! Another name of satchitananda is amrtam or immortality. The ocean is the most natural state of the river because after reaching the ocean, the river has nowhere to go. The same way we love deep sleep because it is a state of happiness without effort. We cannot attain immortality by progeny or wealth. So Vedanta questions, is it a valid desire? It is natural to me and hence it is my birth right. So we seek security, wealth, fame etc to seek immortality. But are they not limited things ? My desire is valid, but the method I try to fulfill the same is not proper. I am seeking absolute knowledge through my poor little candle-like intellect. I seek knowledge through my mind which is incomplete. I am seeking absolute happiness, again an impossible task. Thus the instruments I am employing are so small and so insignificant that they cannot attain immortality for me. Now Vedanta comes to our help. In order to attain immortality, the whole vision of life, The attitude towards life must change. The Veda says ParaeNa nakam nihitham guhaayaam The immortality is hidden in a cave. It is hidden in the cave of my heart. I myself am the immortal one and therefore if I am seeking it outside, I can never find it. I should have been seeking it inside me, not outside. So I realise the worldly things cannot attain it for me. Hence sruti quotes Brarhma sathyam Jagan mithyaa Jagat mitya means the world is unreal ! We shudder when we hear this ! It only means what appears to me as real, is in fact not real because it cannot give me immortality ! The same way, happiness appears to come from the objects, in reality it only comes from myself. It is like the dog chewing a dry bone thinking there is blood in it. But he enjoys the very bloods that comes from the wounds made in his mouth by the bone. Knowledge must create the right attitude towards the world. Thus we come to the most beautiful and the most fantasic way of relating ourselves to the world. Mitya means that it does not serve the purpose it seems to promise to serve but it does serve some other purpose. An artificial fruit is an object of adoration and appreciation, but is not real. Knowing the real nature of the artificial fruit, I relate to it differently. We become more mature by knowing the real nature of the thing. Our own inner self satchitananda is our natural state and real self. It takes a lot of maturity to understand this ! Love, Chithra.