Hansadutta at Santa Rosa Junior College (Part 3/10)
Guest speaker to Professor Carla Grady’s Asian Philosophy Class
September 27, 2010
Every single person on the face of this Earth, his dharma is that he is subordinate, he is always a servant. No matter how powerful, how wealthy, how famous or influential a person may be, there is always someone who is more powerful under whom he has to conduct himself. Just like in this classroom, the professor is the authority, but we know the professor also has an authority, and the Dean also has an authority over him. On and on. Even the President of the United States has some superior. We may not know who it is. It may be his wife… but the characteristic of every human being is that he is a servant. And the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita and the whole Vedic culture aim at one goal. … The ultimate goal for the human being is to reestablish his relationship with the supreme being. Now someone will say, “I don’t believe there’s any supreme being, that’s nonsense.” That’s okay. But you must submit to someone. Just like Bob Dylan had a song, “You’ve got to serve somebody.” Beautiful song, great song, because it’s based on the principle which is irrefutable. You can’t negotiate. You must submit.