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Sri Brahma-samhita, Lecture

Los Angeles, November 9, 1968
Prabhupada: Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami **. Govindam, Lord Krsna, adi-purusa, the original person. In the Vedanta-sutra it is said that Brahman... athato brahma jijnasa. What is Brahman? In this human form of life this is the business, to understand what is Brahman. Therefore Pariksit Maharaja says that apasyatam atma-tattvam grhesu grha-medhinam.
Question and answer. Everywhere life means questions and answers. So those who are not interested or do not know what is the aim of life, they have got questions and answers only for sense gratification. That's all. They have no more any questions or answers. Whole field of questioning and answering is sense gratification. That's all. But the human life is not meant for that purpose. Animals, they are... Morning... Just like birds, just early in the morning, they began to chirp, "Where is food? Where is...? Where we have to go? Where we have to find out some food?" That is their business. The animals also. But human form of life, does it mean it is meant like that, that they should simply be involved in questions and answers for sense gratification? No. Therefore Vedanta-sutra says, brahma-jijnasa. Athato brahma jijnasa, atha: "After this, after the evolutionary process of lower than human being, when we have come, we have got this body, human form of body, the business is brahma-jijnasa," jivasya tattva-jijnasa. That is the Bhagavata. But there is no education. There are so many universities, they are going on simply how to advance the method of sense gratification. That's all. There is no education. Athato brahma jijnasa. The human form of life should be specially engaged for understanding what is Brahman. Otherwise it is simply spoiled.
Sankaracarya says... He was a sannyasi. Sannyasis's business is to travel all over the world, or as far as he can, and enlighten people about Brahman. That is sannyasis' business. So Sankaracarya is lamenting, balasya tavad kriya-saktah: "Oh, what I see? I see the boys are engaged in playing." Balasya tavad kriyasaktas tarunas tavad taruni-raktah: "Young boys, they are after young girls. That is their business. Boys are playing. Young boys are after young girls." And vrddhas tavad cinta-magnah: "And those who are old, they are absorbed in thought, 'Oh, what I have done? I could not do this. I have...' " Vrddhas tavad cinta-magnah, taruni, parame brahmani ko 'pi na lagnah: "Nobody is interested with the Parambrahman. Oh, what nonsense society it is." He analyzed the whole population—boys, youths, old men—and he saw nobody is, no rascal is interested with Brahman. So that is the position. But it is meant for Brahma-jijnasa. This is the defect of material civilization. The human form of life is being spoiled, simply spoiled. And they are... Maya is dictating, "Oh, you are making so much advancement. Thank you." What advancement you have made, sir? Bhagavad-gita says, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi-duhkha dosanudarsanam [Bg. 13.9]. Your problem is birth, death, old age and disease. What you have made for these four problems? What solution you have got? Your scientific advancement? Is there any solution of controlling birth? They have invented so many contraceptive methods. Still, in every minute, there is three human increasing. Where is your birth control? You cannot control. So birth... Similarly, death. So many medicines, so many scientific research, this thing, that thing, they have invented. And what you have done? You have stopped death? "No, sir." Then? Birth, death, old age. What your scientific advancement of knowledge has done to stop old age? Everyone is trying to keep his youth by cosmetic, pomade, lipstick, but nature will not allow him. It is becoming flappy. (laughter) You see? One Marwari gentleman, he, in Calcutta, he spent eighty lakhs of rupees, or eighty-thousand, for changing his gland into monkey gland for increasing his sex life. These things are going on. The monkeys, they have got very good sex life. One monkey has got at least thirty wives, and anywhere, he is very enjoying sex life. Markata. So the science has discovered the monkey's gland is very strong for sex life. So kill them, you take out the gland and insert into man's... This is going on in medical science. So old age. They are doing... Science means they are trying to counteract the incapability, incapabilities of old age, but they are still failure. There are so many old men dying.
So janma, mrtyu, jara, and vyadhi, and disease. You are counteracting one disease; another disease is coming out. They complain that "India is poor. There are so many diseases," but here there are so many cancer. So you cannot stop this, the nature's way. Janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi [Bg. 13.9]. Your only business is to find out Brahman. That is your business. Nature has given you sufficient means to live very comfortably everywhere. If you get a piece of land and one cow, your whole economic question is solved. You haven't got to go fifty miles for working. There is no necessity. Wherever you are living, take little land and keep one cow. Your economic question is solved. So nature has given you all facilities.
Everything is being supplied by the order of Krsna because prakrti is working, nature is working... How it is working? Mayadhyaksena [Bg. 9.10]. Mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa caracaram. "Under My order," Krsna says. Prakrti, nature, is not working blindly. You see? It has got its master, Krsna.
So this life is meant for brahma-jijnasa, inquiring, "What is Brahman?" Instead of inquiring Brahman, they are trying to kill Brahman. "There is no soul. There is no Supersoul. It is nature automatically becoming this." These nonsense things are being pushed within the, this rubbish brain of the human society. They cannot explain. They cannot give right understanding. Still, they will say, "I am scientist. I am philosopher. I am this. I am that." But your business... What is your business? Now, direct people wrongly, to go to hell. So this is not life. Life is athato brahma jijnasa: "This human form of life is meant for inquiring Brahman." And if you engage yourself in this Brahman business, for Krsna consciousness business, rest assured, Krsna will take care of you. Tesam satata-yuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham: [Bg. 10.10] "I take care personally for their necessities of life." Ordinarily, Krsna, or God, is taking care of everyone even if he's not in Krsna consciousness, and those who are coming to Krsna consciousness, what to speak of them? Special care by Krsna. Rest assured. Engage yourself rigidly to Krsna consciousness. Be happy. That is our program.
Thank you. (end)

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