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Technology Won't Help Us
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Excerpt from conversation with disciples,
Paris, June 12, 1974
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People are believing that at the end of life, there's just death. So
why worry about anything else? Therefore we should
just enjoy right now.
Prabhupada: That is the
difference between you and animal. The animal is in the
slaughterhouse. He's not worried. But why you are worried. Suppose if
you are brought in the slaughterhouse, and if you
know that you'll be slaughtered, are you not worried? An animal is not
worried. He's eating grass. That's all. So that
is the difference between animal and man. If you are not worried, then
you are animal. That's all.
Bhagavan: You once said that
human life is pessimistic.
Dissatisfaction. If you are not worried, that means you are animal.
You are not human being.
Pusta-krsna: Is that like
Prahlada Maharaja's prayer when he saw Lord Nrsimhadeva and he
said, "I am not afraid of Your ferocious form, but I am afraid of this
material world of samsara [repeated birth and death]."
Prabhupada: Yes, yes. He has
given nice reference. A devotee, although sees God in His
lion feature, and very ferocious, he knows He is God. "He's my Lord."
But this so-called advancement of material
civilization is the greatest enemy. That is not... Material
civilization is very, very backward position. Maya-mohita.
He'll be captivated by the so-called stones and bricks, and he'll
forget God. That is the disease of the western world.
They are very much fond of these stones and bricks, and therefore they
have no knowledge about God. This electricity, the
electrons, the radio, this, everything machine and stones. They have
got, forgotten God. Jada-vidya jato mayara
vaibhava. The more you materially advance, you forget God. So
human life is meant for reviving our relationship
with God, but if you forget God, then what kind of civilization it is?
You are forgetting your real business.
Pusta-krsna: Some people use
the argument, Srila Prabhupada, that by this advancement
of technology, it will free us to think of philosophical.
Prabhupada: They will free
us. They will free us. Oh, that will never come. That will
never come. Therefore they are called bahir-artha-maninah. They
are captivated by the external feature, and one who
is leading them, he's also blind, and one who is following, he's also
blind. Andha yathandhair upaniyamanas te 'pisha
-tantryam uru-damni baddhah [Srimad-Bhagavatam
7.5.31]. They do not know that material laws are so
strong that they are not free to do anything.
Pusta-krsna: They are
thinking that the technology will free them.
Prabhupada: Eh? No. No.
Pusta-krsna: The technology
Prabhupada: It will bind them.
Bhagavan: It simply creates
Prabhupada: That's all.
Paramahamsa: Some people
glorify suffering in the material world because they say this
increases their sense of appreciating the momentary happiness they have.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is
good. [laughter] That is good, yes. "Blessings of adversity."
That is blessing.
Yogeshvar: Blessings of...?
Prabhupada: Adversity. Yes.
Therefore, according to Vedic system, big, big king, they
give up their kingdom and becomes a sannyasi, mendicant,
voluntary acceptance of adversity. This is good. To live
very comfortably and forget God is not good business.
Devotee: How can a devotee be
free from being attracted to this worldliness?
Devotee: How can a devotee be
Prabhupada: When he's
attracted by Krishna, he'll forget. Just like we are more or less
not attracted by these material features because we have little
attraction for Krishna. That's all. So increase your
attraction for Krishna; you'll forget all nonsense. Bhaktih
pareshanubhavo viraktir anyatra syat [SB 11.2.42].
The bhakti means more realization of God and forgetting this,
all this nonsense. That is bhakti. That is the test of bhakti:
how much you have become disinterested with this
material advancement. That is bhakti, advancement of bhakti.
And the... Chaitanya Mahaprabhu therefore says, nishkinchanasya.
At last, when you'll feel that "Now
I am dispossessed of all this material nonsense," then you make
progress. And so long you'll feel "I have got this, I have
got that, I am in possession of this, I...," that means your material
disease is continuing. When you'll feel that "I do
not have anything material," that is the beginning of Bhagavata-dharma.
Devotee: Prabhupada, what is
the devotee's greatest enemy? A devotee's greatest enemy?
Prabhupada: He, he himself.
Because he's a rascal, he's his greatest enemy. So just get
out of this rascaldom, and you become your friend. Nobody is enemy. You
are yourself your enemy. Nobody is enemy.
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