Lecture SB 01.08.35 – Los Angeles
So, here in this material world, asmin bhave, bhave ‘smin, saptame adhikāra. Asmin, in this material world. Bhave ‘smin kliśyamānānām. Everyone! Everyone, every living entity is working hard. Hard or soft, it doesn’t matter; one has to work. It doesn’t matter. Just like we are also working. It may be soft, but it is also work. But it is practicing; therefore it is work. We should not take this work, bhakti, is not actually the fruitive activities. It appears like that. It is also working. But the difference is when you are engaged in devotional service you will not feel tired. And the material work, you will feel tired. That is the difference, practical. Materially, you take one cinema song and chant, and so after half an hour you will be tired. And Hare Kṛṣṇa, go on chanting twenty-five hours, (laughter) you will never be tired. Is it not? Just see practically. You take one’s material name, “Mr. John, Mr. John, Mr. John,” how many times you will chant? (laughter) Ten times, twenty times, finished. But Kṛṣṇa,”Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa,” go on chanting you will get more energy. That is the difference. But the foolish persons they think they are also working like us, they are also doing like us. No, that is not.
So if they… Try to understand, material nature means anyone who has come here in this material world. It is not our business to come here, but we have desired to come here. That is also mentioned here. Kliśyamānānām avidyā-kāma-karmabhiḥ. Why they have come here? No vidyā. Avidyā means nescience, ignorance. What is that ignorance? Kāma. Kāma means desire. They are meant for serving Kṛṣṇa, but they desire that “Why shall I serve Kṛṣṇa? I shall become Kṛṣṇa.” This is avidyā. This is avidyā. Instead of serving… That, that is natural. Sometimes it comes, just like a servant he is serving the master. He is thinking, “If I could get such money, then I could have become a master.” That is not unnatural. So, when the living entity thinks… He is coming from Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa bhuli’ jīva bhoga-vāñchā kare. When he forgets Kṛṣṇa, that is, I mean to say, material life. That is material life. As soon as one forgets Kṛṣṇa. That we see, so many of…, not many, some of our students, they think that “Why should I work in this mission? Oh, let me go away.” He goes away, but what does he do? He becomes a motor driver, that’s all. Instead of getting honor as brahmacārī, sannyāsī, he has, he, he has to work just like ordinary worker.
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