Dear Prabhujis and matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev!
In the Sixth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, chapter five, we find that the sons of Prajapati Daksa, known as Haryasvas, were engaging themselves in austerities to create more and more population as per the orders of their father. Srila Narada muni whose main purpose is to deliver the conditioned souls, described to them the ultimate aim of life and thus advised them not to become ordinary karmis. On hearing the words of Srila Narada, the Haryasvas considered them with their natural intelligence and thus were enlightened. Then they spoke ten verses , all of them ending with the question, 'kim asat karambhih bhavet?' meaning, "What can be the benefit of performing temporary fruitive activities?".
These verses are all worth pondering over for all of us and in that way with superior intelligence, we must keep on instructing the flickering mind (bodhayan atmana atmanam) so that we become fixed in devotional service. The translation of these ten verses are summarized here:
1.R - Returning home back to Godhead: If one enters the Vaikunta-dhama, he does not return to this miserable material world. If there is such a place, what is the use of jumping like monkeys in the temporary material world? What will be the profit of performing fruitive activities which only bind us here?
2.I - Independent enjoyer is the Supreme Personality of Godhead: If the members of human society do not understand the Supreme, who is full of six opulences and fully independent, through their advancement in knowledge and activities, but simply work hard like cats and dogs for temporary happiness, what will be the benefit of their activities?
3.P - Prolonging materialistic life: If a living entity has polluted intelligence, then it brings various conditions of happiness and distress and is again and again frustrated by material nature. If one performs fruitive activities under such conditions, what will be the benefit?
4.E - Essence to be accepted from scriptures: The vedic literatures vividly describe how to understand the Supreme Lord and His material and spiritual energies. If a foolish rascal leaves aside the study of these shastras and thus does not discriminate between matter and spirit and does not accept the essence, but engages in temporary activities, what will be the benefit?
5.F - Field of activities(the material body) gives false designations: Since time immemorial, the living entity has received various types of material bodies, which are the roots of bondage to the material world. If one foolishly engages in temporary fruitive activities and does not look toward the cessation of this bondage, what will be the benefit of his actions?
6.R - Reservoir of the twenty-five elements: The Supreme Lord is the reservoir of the twenty-five elements, and He causes their manifestation. If one engages in temporary fruitive activities, not knowing that Supreme Person, what benefit will he derive?
7.U - Unsteady intelligence leads to change of body: Mixed with the mode of passion, the unsteady intelligence of every living entity is like a prostitute who changes dresses just to attract one's attention. If one fully engages in temporary fruitive activities, not understanding how this is taking place, what does he actually gain?
8.I - Illusory river's tossing waves: A living entity who unknowingly falls in the river of maya is submerged in its waves and is unable to get out. What will be the benefit of performing fruitive activities in that river of Maya?
9.T - Time is eternal and moves very sharply: Uninterrupted and fully independent eternal time , drives the activities of the entire world and can cause disaster if it is misused. If one does not try to study the eternal element of time, what benefit can he derive from performing temporary material activities?
10.S - Scripture is the real father: One takes his second birth by dint of receiving instructions in the shastra form a bonafide spiritual master and thus the scripture is the real father. All the shastras instruct that one should end his material way of life. If one does not understand this real purpose of the shastras, but engages in impermanent fruitive activities what
will be the benefit?
The acronym of the above ten questions is "RIPE FRUITS". Contemplation on these ten questions thoroughly convinces our mind of the futility of performing temporary fruitive activities but instead go for the "RIPE FRUIT" (galitam phalam) in the form of Srimad Bhagavatam.
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Vaijayanthimala devi dasi
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