FOOD SHORTAGE IS CREATED BY MAN – NOT BY GOD

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Food Shortage is not created by God says Srila Prabhupada

Sometimes we are put into difficulty by the laws of nature, starvation. Just like if you eat more and then next two days you cannot eat; you have to starve. Similarly the difficulty in this material world is that we take more than what we need; therefore we have created problems. Otherwise there is sufficient supply from God’s side. There is no scarcity, no problem. We have created problems.

Just like in your country sometimes I have heard that you throw away grains, thousands of tons of grains, in the water. That means you have enough food. But there are countries which are starving. So it could be adjusted by sending this food. Instead of throwing in the water, they could be sent to the starving countries. But people will not do that.

By God’s arrangement, there is enough food within this planet. There is enough land, enough food-producing prospects. But we have arranged in such a way that in one part (of the world), people are suffering, and one part, they are throwing the grains in water. This is not God’s arrangement. This is our arrangement. Therefore the problems are created by men. Now the so-called politician, they create problems. Otherwise, by nature’s ways, by God’s way, everything is complete.

pūrnam idam pūrnam adah

pūrnāt pūrnam udacyate

pūrnasya pūrnam ādāya

pūrnam eva avaśisyate

[Isopanisad Invocation]

This is Vedic song. God is complete. His creation is complete. His arrangement is complete. Simply we are creating disturbance. Therefore the real education to stop this disturbance is to make people Krishna conscious, God conscious. Then all problems will be solved. Otherwise, by passing resolution in the United Nations it is not possible.

Devotee: May I ask a question? When you were speaking, you started to ask…, you started to check all the people who are hoarding those grains, that economic procedure to produce famine. What is the way to check them? Is to keep them…?

Prabhupāda: To make them Krishna conscious. If he knows that “These grains belongs to Krishna. Why am I throwing it? There are so many living entities. They are part and parcel of Krishna. Let me distribute,” that is Krishna consciousness. But he is thinking, “It is mine. These grains are mine. I am the proprietor.” This is due to lack of Krishna consciousness. If he knows that everything belongs to Krishna, then he’ll not misuse it.

[An excerpt from a lecture given on the Brahma-samhita in Bombay on January 3, 1973]

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