Lecture SB 01.08.33 – Los Angeles
Our… At the present moment, we are in diseased condition. They do not know what is the diseased condition, what is the healthy condition, these rascals. They do not know anything, still they are passing on as great scientists, philosophers… They do not inquire that: “I do not want to die. Why death is enforced upon me?” There is no such inquiry. Neither is there any solution. And still they are scientists. What kind of scientists? If you can…
Science means that you advance in knowledge so that your miserable condition of life can be reduced, minimized. That is science. Otherwise, what is this science? They are simply promising; “In future.” “But what you are delivering just now, sir?” “Now just now you suffer as you are suffering, go on suffering. In future we shall find out some chemicals.” No. Actually ātyantika-duḥkha-nivṛtti. Ātyantika, ultimate. Ātyantika means ultimate. Duḥkha means sufferings. That should be the aim of human life. So they do not know what is ātyantika-duḥkha. Duḥkha means suffering. So ātyantika-duḥkha is pointed out in the Bhagavad-gītā. “Here is the ātyantika-duḥkha, sir.” What is this? Janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi (BG 13.9). Birth, death, old age and disease.
So what you have done for vanishing or making, or nullifying this duḥkha, these sufferings? So there is no such thing in the material world. Ātyantika-duḥkha-nivṛtti. Ultimate relinquishment from all kinds of suffering is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā. What is that?
mām upetya kaunteya
saṁsiddhiṁ paramāṁ gatāḥ
So you should read all this. You have got: Bhāgavata, everything explanation. This is ātyantika-duḥkha-nivṛtti, ultimate relinquishment from all sufferings. What is that? Mām upetya. “One who approaches Me or one who comes to Me, back to home, back to Godhead.” So they have no knowledge what is God and whether one can go back to home, back to Godhead. It is a practical thing or not. No knowledge. Simply like animals. That’s all. No knowledge. They pray: “O, God, give us our daily bread.” Now ask him: “What is God?” Can he explain? No. Then whom we are asking? In the air? If I ask, if I submit some petition, there must be some person. So I do not know what is that person, where to submit this petition. Simply… They say that He’s in the sky. The sky, there are so many birds also, (laughter) but that is not God. You see. No knowledge, no knowledge. Imperfect knowledge, all. And they’re passing on scientists, philosophers, great thinkers, writers, and… All rubbish, all rubbish. The only book is Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Bhagavad-gītā. All rubbish. In the Bhāgavata it is said:
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo ‘ṅkitāni yat
śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ
And on the other side: na yad vacaś citra-padaṁ harer yaśo (jagat-pavitraṁ) pragṛṇīta karhicit tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham… (SB 1.5.10). Tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham. Any literature which has no connection with the knowledge of God, tad, tad vāyasaṁ tīrtham, that is just like the place where the crows take enjoyment. Where the crows take enjoyment? In the filthy place. And the swans, the white swans, they take pleasure in a nice, clear water where there is garden, there is birds.
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