this story to a friend
When we approach
some gentleman and request him to become a reader of
"Back to Godhead" sometimes we are replied with the words "NO TIME".
They say that they are too busy in earning money for maintaining the
body and soul together. But when we ask them what do they mean by the
"Soul", they have nothing to reply.
Dr. Meghnath Saha, a great scientist, was busily going to a meeting of
the Planning Commission. Unfortunately while going in his car on the
road he died and could not ask Death to wait because he had no time at
Dr. Ansari, the great Congress leader, while dying in a moving train,
on his way to home, said that he was himself a medical man and almost
all his family men were so, but Death is so cruel that he was dying
without any medical treatment.
Therefore, Death has been described in the Bhagwat as (In
Devanagari:) "durantavirya" or the
indefatigable. Death is awaiting everyone although everybody thinks
that he may not die. There is life after death. The busy man should try
to know this also as to whither he is going. This life is but a spot in
his longest sojourn and a sane person should not be busy with a spot
only. Nobody says that the body should not be maintained—but everybody
should know from "Bhagwat Geeta", that the body is the outward dress
and the "Soul" is the real person who puts on the dress. So if the
dress is taken care of only, without any care of the real person, it is
sheer foolishness and waste of time.
When God is served, everything is served. Because God is everything,
but everything is not God. When something is served, everything is not
served for something is not everything. Therefore service of God is the
service to [text missing or illegible]. It is something like pouring
water at the root of the
tree or filling the stomach with foodstuff. That is the standard of
In the "Bhagwata Geeta" Shri Krishna said (Bhagavad-gita
the world is enchanted by the three modes of natural qualities and
thus they don't know Me, behind all these phenomenon, who am the
Supreme ever-existing Lord."
these illusions are certainly amusing or transcendental and they
are insurmountable also. But those who serve Me only can overcome all
Nobody can go "Back
to Godhead" or know Him as the Supreme Personality,
because everyone is under the grip of the qualitative material nature.
The material nature as she has three modes of qualities namely,
goodness, passion and ignorance, even the highest intelligent person
who may have possessed all the mundane good qualities, down to the
lowest mass of people, mostly uneducated, lazy and overwhelmed with
immense varieties of anxieties, none of them can know the Lord for the
The natural laws are so made that they appear before us as so many
problems. They are stiff because of the three qualities. The qualities
are said to be amusing because everyone is satisfied by the quality of
Beginning from the highest civilized man (a type of living being) down
to the stool-eater Swine (another type of living being) everyone is
satisfied by the object of sense gratification, even though they are
all of different qualities.
A learned Brahmin who is said to be the highest qualitative living
being in the mode of goodness, down to the dog or the dog-eater man,
who is considered to be the lowest qualitative living being, everyone
is captivated by his own qualitative nature. And as long as one is
conditioned by different modes of nature one cannot know the Supreme
Person the cause of all causes. All of them are imprisoned by the
different modes of qualitative shackles, one is bound up by the
shackles of gold while the other is bound up by the shackles of iron.
The material nature is so powerful, that she can keep under her
conditions, all such illusioned living being in different categories of
material modes. As the prisoner cannot himself break the shackles by
his own effort so also nobody can surmount the laws of nature by his
own tiny effort.
No amount of plans either of five, ten, or thousands and millions of
years can therefore bring in permanent happiness to us, unless and
until we take up the plan of the Supreme Lord and execute it sincerely.
That is called the Standard Service.
It is therefore essential that we should all take up immediately, the
execution of the plan of Shri Krishna the Personality of Godhead by our
standard service as chalked out in the lessons of "Bhagwat Geeta."
The wrong type of civilization, which is too much materialistic, is
dragging the total population of the world gradually towards a fall
down into the lowest status of conditioned life. Conditioned life means
to be more and more entangled by the laws of physical nature. The
function of the physical nature is explained above. And those who are
too much enamoured by such physical laws are called the Ashuras
Atheist. The Atheist does not like to accept the Standard service which
is recommended by the Supreme authority of the Personality of Godhead.
Such atheists, however they may be great religionists, scholars,
scientists, politicians, philosophers, poets, artists, administrators,
businessmen, lawyers, educationists etc., are befooled by the laws of
nature and therefore they do not recognise the Supreme authority of the