If there is no rainfall, what this improvement will help? So that is not in your hand. That is adhidaivika. It depends on the demigods. If they want, they can stop completely, no rainfall. Then what this improvement will do?
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[Posted May 22, 2006]

Improving on Nature

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acharya of the world-wide Hare Krishna Movement, Brahma Sampradaya Acharya

Srila Prabhupada

The Telegraph, Calcutta, Monday, May 22, 2006--It's not a wonderful world anymore

The United Nations has declared May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity. But how should we celebrate an occasion such as this? The most effective way would be by changing some simple things. For instance, we could switch to buying organic food, saving electricity, and not buying things that we don’t need.


G.. ANANTHAPADMANABHAN
This year’s theme is desertification — an aspect of climate change which poses a serious threat to the survival of many species including our own. Last year, we saw disturbing images of extreme drought in the Amazon — one of the worst ever. Across China and Africa, severe lack of water is leading to conflicts, while in Indonesia, there were reports of loss of lives from landslides caused by heavy rainfall.

The human cost of climate change is already 150,000 lives a year, and that is set to soar as weather changes become commonplace and global warming brings forth new diseases that would affect vulnerable regions.


Morning walk with Srila Prabhupada and disciples, July 3, 1975, Denver. 

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Prabhupada: ... Material nature's business is beating and kicking. That's his only business. But we are so fool, we are taking, "Oh, very nice kicking." That is the disease. We accept the kicking as very nice. That is foolishness. We are suffering always by three kinds of..., adhyatmika, adhibhautika, adhidaivika disturbances. There is disturbance in the body, in the mind, disturbance by other living entities, so many, disturbed by climate, disturbed by famine. Always disturbance. Still, we are thinking, "It is very nice place." This is foolishness. Still, we are trying to improve it. That is foolishness. He does not think that "What is the meaning of improvement? The disturbing is always continuing." That does not come to his brain. They are making improvement. ... They can say, "This is improvement." But how long this improvement will go? If there is no rainfall, what this improvement will help? So that is not in your hand. That is adhidaivika. It depends on the demigods. If they want, they can stop completely, no rainfall. Then what this improvement will do?

Brahmananda: There'll be no water for their machines.

Prabhupada: Yes. So they are thinking that "This is improvement." What is this nonsense improvement? You are dependent fully on other elements. What improvement will do? And Krishna says, "This is a place for misery." How you will improve? This is folly, this is illusion. Krishna says, "This place is for suffering," and you are making improvement. "Yes, we are advancing. In future we shall live. Nobody will die." Therefore they are called rascals. Persons who are trying to do something which is impossible, they are fools. Mudha. They do not see, still, they hope, "Yes, we are trying. We shall do in future." This is going on. This is the example by the ass. The ass... Driver is sitting on the back of the ass and showing one bunch of grass, and the ass is thinking, "I will get it." [laughter] And he is going on, and he is sitting safely, that "The ass will go on." So our improvement is like that. "Just little forward, then I shall get the grass." He will never get the grass. That he has no brain, that "I am improving; the grass also improving, going on." That they do not see. Now we invented so many airship. It was thought, "Oh, now it will be very nice. Within two hours we shall reach somewhere." Now there are so many dangers. Now there is problem, how to protect us from these accidents.

Brahmananda: Now they have too many airplanes.

Prabhupada: Too many airplanes. So where is the improvement? Improvement means to die altogether two hundred men at a time. This is improvement.

Kurusrestha: They are trying to create a plastic body with plastic heart transplants and plastic liver. They feel that as soon as they can replace all the breakable parts with replaceble ones...

Prabhupada: That is a Frankenstein? [laughter]

Yadubara: They're very persistent, Srila Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: That is the foolishness. Fools are very persistent.

Brahmananda: I was reading that in order to go to the moon, it took ten years and the cost was 25 billion dollars.

Prabhupada: Just see how foolish they are. And again they are trying. Punah punash charvita-charvananam [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.30]. Chewing the chewed. This is their business. Horrible civilization.

Kasirama: Mistaking suffering for happiness.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Ambarisa: They are always trying to look for the bright side, but there is no bright side.

Prabhupada: Just like north of Sweden, there is no sunrise?

Brahmananda: No.

Prabhupada: So where is bright side? Where is bright side? Vedic injunction is tamasi ma jyotir gama: "Don't remain in this darkness; go to the bright world." Jyotir gama. [break] ...to create some bright side. He will not be allowed to enjoy it. He will have to die. So where is your bright side?


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