213. Srila Prabhupad Lecture 7 : Contaminated Life

And today’s summary of Prabhupad lecture that I understood as follows :

SB 5.5.1 : Dec 25 1976, Mumbai

Lord Rsabhadeva told His sons: My dear boys, of all the living entities who have accepted material bodies in this world, one who has been awarded this human form should not work hard day and night simply for sense gratification, which is available even for dogs and hogs that eat stool. One should engage in penance and austerity to attain the divine position of devotional service. By such activity, one’s heart is purified, and when one attains this position, he attains eternal, blissful life, which is transcendental to material happiness and which continues forever.

When we are in the lower levels of life, we are completely governed by the laws of nature. The Lord has multitude of energies but they are summarized into 3 divisions – Sattva, Raja and Tama guna. The living entities are gradually evolving from the lowest mode to the highest mode. Once you reach the highest mode, there is still chance of falling down to the lower modes. So, even though you may have reached the brahmanical stage which is sattva, there is no guarantee that you will not be overpowered by the other 2 gunas. This is the material world and one’s business is not finished just because you are in the sattva guna. But if you want to be above the material platform, then you need to take yourself to the devotional platform. At this stage, you are outside the jurisdiction of the 3 gunas.

Learned scholars do not consider the body – dead or alive as the subject matter of learning. Krishna reminds Arjun that such a talk is for fools and not suited for pundits. People who are attached to their bodies are no different from animals. When we elect a leader who have no spiritual knowledge, then their position is similar to us – stuck in the bodily concept of life. All involved are in the category of dogs, hogs, camels and asses.

Our existence is so contaminated. Actually, we are not subjected to take birth or die. We are eternal. But where do people get such knowledge nowadays? There is no educational institution that imparts such important piece of information. We are part and parcels of Krishna and this information is established by God Himself and not made up by mundane people.

Krsna says that he is the seed-giving father. Then why should we bother about birth control. Krsna is the controller. So, how you control population? Krishna is not a poor man. He knows the past, present and future. The cause for today’s problem is because of the Godless civilization. We are suffering because of our egos. It is predicted in SB that people gradually will suffer form 3 things – scarcity of rain, scarcity of grains and heavy taxes. People will be so harassed that they will be forced to leave home. In future, people will not get any food. There will be more and more sufferings yet to come.

Go to the village. This is recommended. ISKCON has such places where we are producing our own food, own milk, own clothes. And chanting Hare Krishna at the same time. This is simple life. Rectify your existence. Take the formula of devotional activity. This place is a place of absolute misery and yet we are making adjustments to solve these miseries. One needs a guru who can deliver a person from this place of misery. This is waste of time and life. Do not try to be an enjoyer and satisfy the senses but surrender and take up Krishna Consciousness.


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