Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (part 12)

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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA)

Lecture - London, September 9, 1971

This materialistic way of life means chewing the chewed. Just like the father. Father knows that "I married, I work so hard to maintain my family, and it is very difficult to keep the high standard of living in this age. We have to work very hard. Still, I engage my son also in the same way. In spite of my very bad experience of materialistic way of life, still, I engage my son in the same way." This is called punah punas carvita-carvananam. Punah punas means "again and again." Carvita: "chewing chewed things." Just like sugarcane. One has chewed it, has taken its juice - it is thrown away in the street. And if somebody wants to taste it, "How it is sweet, let me see," that is called chewing the chewed. Similarly, we have got very good experience about this materialistic way of life, hard struggle for life.

But the human society, it is also stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, human beings, they are born of the quality of passion. There are three qualities in the material world: goodness, passion and ignorance. Therefore they love to work very hard. And that very hard working is considered as happiness. That propensity of hard working... Just like in London you will see: everyone is engaged in hard working from the morning. You will see. All the buses and trucks, they are going with great speed, and people are going to the working office or factory. From morning till late night they are hardworking, and it is called advancement of civilization. So some of them are frustrated. They don't want it. It will be frustration. After all, it is hard work. Just like the hogs, they are working hard day and night for finding out "Where is stool, where is stool." That is their business. Therefore in one sense, this kind of civilization is hogs' and dogs' civilization. It is not human civilization. Human civilization means he must be sober. He should be inquisitive. A human being should be inquisitive to know "Who I am? Why I am put into this condition to work very hard to get a few breads only? Why I am this uncomfortable situation? Wherefrom I have come? Where I have to go?" These are inquiries. These inquiries are called brahma-jijnasa. The Vedanta-sutra begins, athato brahma-jijnasa: "A human being should be inquisitive to know these things: 'Who I am? Wherefrom I have come? Where I have to go? Why I am put into this uncomfortable position?' "

So Krishna consciousness is for them who have become detestful of this material world. They are good candidates for developing Krishna consciousness. Then the inquiry may be that "What for these men are working so hard? What is their goal of life?" That is answered in the next verse by na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum. These people are working so hard because they do not know actually what is the goal of life. Na te viduh. Viduh means knowing; na means not. These people, they do not know what is actually the goal of life. Na te viduh svartha-gatim. Everyone says that "I am looking after my interests," but he does not know what is his interest. That he does not know. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnu… interest is to make his progress toward Vishnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They do not know it. Why they do not know it? Durasaya. By their hope against hope, durasaya. Duh means which is very difficult to fulfill. I may hope something which is possible - that is good - but if I hope something which is never possible, that is called durasaya. Asa means hope, and durasa means which will never be fulfilled. So here it is, the word is used, durasaya. Bahir-artha-maninah. Bahih, means the external.

So here we have taken this... Bahir-artha-maninah. We want to be happy by adjustment of this external energy. Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. That cannot be. You are spirit soul. You must have spiritual food. You must have spiritual life. Then you can be happy. Simply as you cannot be happy by having nice shirt and coat, similarly, simply by materialistic way of life, I mean a gross and fine... Gross means this high skyscraper building, machines, factories, nice road goes motorcar. These are gross. And subtle: nice song, poetry, philosophy. That is subtle, subtle matter. So people are trying to be happy with this gross and subtle material existence. That cannot be. Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah, andha yathandhair upaniyamanah. Why they have accepted this sort of civilization? Because they are led by blind leaders. Now, suppose we are conducting this Krishna consciousness movement. Nobody is interested. Very few interested. But if we give some false hope that "If you follow this path, then within six months you will become God and you will be all-powerful, and then...," oh, so many people will come. You see?

Andha yathandhair upaniyamanah. One blind leader giving, leading to other blind men. Suppose one blind man says that "All right. Come. Follow me. I shall help you crossing this street, Mulberry Street. All right." So he is blind, and the followers are also blind. The result will be that he is dashed by some motorcar or truck and they all die. Andha yathandhair upaniyamanas te 'pisa-tantryam uru-damni baddhah. They do not know that we are tied up very hard by the laws, stringent laws of material nature. How we can become free from this material bondage? That is not possible.

Lecture - Mauritius, October 2, 1975

Prabhupada: So these things are to be noted, how they are engaged in sinful activities. And the solution is given in the Bhagavad-gita, that "Produce food grain." Annad bhavanti bhutani.

So I see in your this Mauritius land, you have got enough land to produce food grains. You produce food grain. I understand that instead of growing food grains, you are growing sugar cane for exporting. Why? And you are dependent on food grains, on rice, wheat, dahl. Why? Why this attempt? You first of all grow your own eatables. And if there is time and if your population has got sufficient food grains, then you can try to grow other fruits and vegetables for exporting. The first necessity is that you should be self-sufficient. That is God's arrangement. Everywhere there is sufficient land to produce food grains, not only in your country. I have traveled all over the world - Africa, Australia, and other, in America also. There are so much land vacant that if we produce food grains, then we can feed ten times as much population as at the present moment. There is no question of scarcity. The whole creation is so made by Krishna that everything is purnam, complete. Purnam idam purnam adah purnat purnam udacyate, purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavasisyate. If we don't produce food grain - you require it - and put unnecessarily men into scarcity. That is sinful. That is sinful.

(....To be continued)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 1)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 2)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 3)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 4)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 5)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 6)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 7)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 8)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 9)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 10)

Srimad-Bhagavatam classes - Volume #10 (Part 11)

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