Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.
Last week, we were extremely fortunate to have the association of H G Devakinandan Prabhu in Sharjah. Prabhu gave a very enlightening discourse on the Srimad Bhagavatam. In his class he explained how to use our intelligence properly and how to put into daily practice. I would like to share a few points from the class. SB 1.5.18 states:
tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido
na labhyate yad bhramataam upary adhah
tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham
kaalena sarvatra gabhira-ramhasaa
"Persons who are actually intelligent and philosophically inclined should endeavor only for that purposeful end which is not obtainable even by wandering from the topmost planet [Brahmaloka] down to the lowest planet [Patala]. As far as happiness derived from sense enjoyment is concerned, it can be obtained automatically in course of time, just as in course of time we obtain miseries even though we do not desire them."
The above verse teaches us how to survive in the material world. We can’t obtain proper use of intelligence from this material world. Just like the nature of water is to flow, nature of fire is to burn, the nature of material world is to suffer. In this material world happiness and sadness comes automatically on the basis of karma and no need to put extra endeavor and waste time. We should not associate with asuri conscious person. They always try to deviate us from the right path. Journey to trikuta mountain to get happiness became end for Gajendra. But he took shelter unto who gives shelter to this material world and could achieve moksha because he fixed his mind in his heart perfectly on the platform of perfect intelligence. By offering flower to the Lord we can stay away from the happiness and misery of this material world. Whole time Gajendra was praying but crocodile got liberation first because he was holding the lotus feet of devotee Gajendra. Same way when Vibhishana came to Lord Rama’s camp he was strongly interrogated but when he was accepted by Lord Rama other 4 Rakshasa’s who came with him were automatically accepted without any interrogation. This is the benefit if we use our intelligence on the platform of perfect intelligence by holding the lotus feet of our spiritual master.
Last week there was discussion on TV that science has developed a technology to create Designer Baby and in future we can see the human with similar body features, color, eyes and intelligence of a popular personality like cine star and famous personality according to our choices. This is complete nonsense.
I read in one of the Srila Prabhupada book that scientist always claim they have developed so and so technology and in future they will produce. What future? When this crucial point is raised, they reply, "We shall do it in the future." Why in the future? That is nonsense. "Trust no future, however pleasant." If they are so advanced, they must demonstrate now how life can be created from chemicals. Otherwise what is the meaning of their advancement? They are talking nonsense. The scientists must admit that they still do not know the origin of life. Their claim that they will soon prove a chemical origin of life is something like paying someone with a postdated check. Suppose I give you a postdated check for ten thousand dollars but I actually have no money. What is the value of that check? Scientists are claiming that their science is wonderful, but when a practical example is wanted, they say they will provide it in the future. Suppose I say that I possess millions of dollars, and when you ask me for some money I say, "Yes, I will now give you a big postdated check. Is that all right?" If you are intelligent, you will reply, "At present give me at least five dollars in cash so I can see something tangible." Similarly, the scientists cannot produce even a single blade of grass in their laboratories, yet they are claiming that life is produced from chemicals. What is this nonsense? Is no one questioning this? As soon as there is a law, we must take into consideration that someone made the law. Despite all their so-called advancement, the scientists in their laboratories cannot produce even a blade of grass. What kind of scientists are they?
As prescribed in the scriptures by the law of the Supreme, different places are meant for different grades of living beings according to the work they have performed. By good work only one can obtain birth in a good family, opulence, good education and good bodily features. We see also that even in this life one obtains a good education or money by good work. Similarly, in our next birth we get such desirable positions only by good work. Otherwise, it would not so happen that two persons born in the same place at the same time are seen differently placed according to previous work.
Srila Prabhupada explained in his purport that miseries and mixed happiness are two features of material life, everyone has his destined happiness. No one can get more or less of these things simply by personal endeavors. Even if they are obtained, they can be lost again. One should not, therefore, waste time with these flimsy things; one should only endeavor to go back to Godhead. That should be the mission of everyone’s life.
Let me therefore sincerely pray to the Supreme Lord and my spiritual master that I do not lose focus in my devotional service by the external allurements that are constantly waiting to distract me from the right path.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Tusta Krishna Das and Suniti Devi Dasi
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