Understanding the Healthy and Diseased Conditions of Life

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

God is complete and His arrangement is also very complete. Everyone gets his necessities of life completely. In the Vedas it is said that we are all living entities and God is the chief living entity. The difference is that the one God supplies the necessities of all other living entities (eko yo bahūnām vidadhāti kāmān). In the Christian world also, they believe that God gives bread to everyone, and they go to the church, where they pray, “O God, give us our daily bread.” But the higher philosophy is that we need not ask God for our bread. It is already being supplied by Him. We should approach God to learn how to love Him. That is our business. Otherwise, God is supplying food to the elephant, who can eat forty kilograms at a time. And the ant eats only one grain of sugar. So God is supplying food to all of them. So there is no question of asking God to give us our food. It is already there. We should not waste our time to ask God for our sense gratification. That arrangement is already there. We shall try to know God and love Him. That is the business of human form of life.

The first class religious system is that which teaches how to love God. Sa vai pumsām paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje [SB 1.2.6]. If we learn how to love God without any motive, then nobody can check our love of God. And if we reach that platform, then we become actually happy. God is the supreme proprietor of everything, He is friend of everyone, and He is the enjoyer. We, being part and parcel of God, our duty is to serve God and see how He is pleased. Just like this finger, a part and parcel of our body, is always engaged in serving the body according to the desire of the person. Similarly, we being part and parcel of God, our duty is to serve God as He wants service from us. This is perfection. If the finger or any part of my body cannot give service to the whole body, it is to be understood that the part is diseased. Similarly, when we do not give service to God, then that is our material condition, or diseased condition, or miserable condition. And if we learn how to love God, how to serve Him, then that is our healthy condition.

So in the material world everyone is busy in trying to satisfy the senses. Nobody is interested in satisfying God. So in this condition of life we are misled. We have got this human form of body, very nice body, and if we are misled, instead of giving service to the Lord, we serve the senses and if we simply are engaged in the service of the senses, then we become subject to the karma or fruitive activities. That means we get different types of body. There are 8,400,000 different types of body. So if we do not properly use this human form of body, if we become subjected to sinful life, then we get a different type of body – animal life, tree’s life, plant’s life, aquatic’s life, insect life. Or even if we are promoted to the higher standard of life, as in higher planets as demigods, still we cannot avoid the four principles of material miseries, namely birth, death, old age and disease. We cannot avoid them, either in the higher planetary or in the lower planetary system.

But if we want eternal life of bliss and knowledge, then we must endeavor in this life how to go back to home, back to Godhead. And such persons who are endeavoring for this purpose, they are called first-class men or brāhmanas.

At this present moment there is want of first-class men and also second-class men. The whole world is filled up with third-class, fourth-class, fifth-class men. Therefore the society is not properly adjusted. By accepting this Krishna consciousness movement… The process is described very nicely in the Bhagavad-gita. If we follow the principles of Bhagavad-gita, we will find answers for all the problems of life, and if we take it seriously, then the whole human society will be happy and peaceful in this life, and in the next life, they will go back to home, back to Godhead for eternal blissful life of knowledge. So we are giving literary information in fifty books. Some of the books are distributed here. You can see.

Otherwise, the process is very simple. If we chant the holy name of the Lord, we become purified, our heart becomes cleansed, and we can understand the aim of life, the goal of life, and in this way everything can be adjusted very nicely. Thank you very much.

[An excerpt from a lecture delivered in Chicago on July 9, 1975]

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