Solving The Real Problem

We have diverted our engagement for satisfying our material needs. Oh, that is not the mission of human being. That is the mission of lower animals.

We have diverted our engagement for satisfying our material needs. Oh, that is not the mission of human being. That is the mission of lower animals.

ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam ca
samanyam etat pasubhih naranam
dharmo hi tesam adhiko viseso
dharmena hina pasubhih samanah

This is the mission, that ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithuna. These are our material needs. The problem of eating, the problem of sleeping, or shelter, the problem of defense, and the problem of sense gratification. These four problems are common to the human being and to the animals. The animals have also got these problems, eating, sleeping, defending and, what is called? Sense gratification. We have got also those problems. So they are also trying to solve these problems and if we are also engaged in simply solving these problems, then what is the difference between the animals and the human being? The human being… The next line says dharmo hi tesam adhiko visesah. The human being has got a special qualification by which he can develop the transcendental Krsna consciousness, and if he does not do that, then he’s in the category of the animals.
So the defect of modern civilization is that we are giving too much stress for simply for solving these problems: eating, sleeping, defending and sense gratification. But as spiritual beings, as spiritual living entities, we have got the necessity of getting out of this entanglement of repeated birth and death, and if we do not care for it, then we shall be missing the opportunity. And Lord Krsna comes to teach us how you can utilize your human form of life for the ultimate goal of your life. This material, whole material creation is there just to give you a chance to have your things done nicely. Bhutva bhutva praliyate [Bg. 8.19]. This material creation is giving a chance. But even after getting the chance, and even after getting the supreme body of human life, we do not develop this Krsna consciousness and just to get rid of this material entanglement, then we shall be missing the opportunity.
So everyone’s duty is that he should take to this Krsna consciousness by engaging himself in this process of sravanam kirtanam visnoh [SB 7.5.23], chanting and hearing, the simple process. You have nothing to do. Simply if you give aural reception, that will clear everything within your mind, and you, you’ll get enlightenment because Krsna will help you. He’s present within. You have simply to, I mean to say, spare a little time. You, you’ll see actually. If you kindly spare a little time in this process which you have adopted here, you’ll feel yourself… Nobody has to canvass you that oh, whether you are making your progress? No. You’ll understand it. Because it is actual, you’ll understand it.
Just like a hungry man. If he’s given foodstuff, he knows how far he’s satisfied. Nobody has to certify that “You are certified.” He will say, “Yes, I am satisfied. I have had very good foodstuff.” Similarly, this is the thing. If you kindly spare a little time, you’ll feel yourself how much you are making progress in Krsna consciousness and how much making progress in your human mission of life. So I shall request you that we are just trying to, just endeavor, our poor endeavor… It is, still our duty to do it. If you kindly take advantage of this opportunity, both, we shall be benefited. Then that is the process we have adopted here, the Society for Krsna Consciousness, and I invite you all to come and take part in it and make your life successful.

(lecture on the Bhagavad-gita 4.7-9 — July 22, 1966, New York)

Srila Prabhupada or by a full title His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krsna consciousness and the pioneer in introducing devotional service in the Western countries. He is a pure devotee of Lord Krsna coming in the Gaudiya Vaisnava disciplic succession of realized spiritual masters. His numerous translations of ancient Vedic texts are recognized by scholars from Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Oxford, La Sorbonne and other major universities. He initiates all sincere souls into the knowledge of bhakti-yoga through his teachings.

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