Going forward or backward?

Going forward or backwardIn the Srimad Bhagavatam little Prahalad tells his father that he learnt in his studies that one must serve the Supreme Lord and chant Krishna’s Holy Names. This deeply annoyed his father Hiranyakashipu, the king of the demons.

During modern times children learn many things in school, but on closer inspection we realize it’s all centred on making better our natural propensity to eat, sleep, mate and defend. But do we need big degrees to learn these? The animals and birds are also expert in eating, sleeping, mating and defending. Then how are we different from animals. A bird or an elephant in the jungles of Africa is assured of food daily. These animals don’t worry so much about their bodily necessities. But we humans make elaborate plans to satisfy our bodily needs. Our bodily gratification becomes our number one obsession. Yet we are dissatisfied, and that’s because we are not satisfying our potential fully. Only the human species has the potential to understand and love God. When we lead our lives to learn about and love God, we experience a fulfilling life. And that’s our real self-interest. If however we do not connect to Krishna in this human form of life, we are blinded by our own selfish desires. And to worsen matters, if we get leadership position, then the blind would lead the blind. The whole society would then be in a chaotic situation.

People now are interested in going forward in life. But what is this going forward? We are going forward to enter another birth, death, disease and old age situation. More entanglement in material life is called forward march of modern civilization. But we, the Hare Krishna’s are more interested in going back. And that is going back to Godhead, our original home that we have left to come to this miserable material world.

Does that mean we alienate from everything that this world is doing? No! We live in this world and do the needful to maintain our livelihood. But a Hare Krishna devotee is serious about the ultimate goal of life; a sincere spiritual practitioner endeavours to end the cycle of birth and death and reunite with Krishna.

Our journey home to Krishna begins with our regular chanting of Hare Krishna; chanting and hearing about Krishna in the association of the Lord’s devotees fills our heart with a desire to be reunited with Krishna.

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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true!! The modern world thinks they are progressing with technological advancement. But as Radhanath Swami points out this is not going forward. We should aim to Go Back to Godhead. the way to do so is to chant the holy names of the Lord in the association of devotees, hear Krishna Katha and render devotional service.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    So true! The education system is only teaching children how we can live a materially satisfied life.But that does not get us anywhere let alone being aware of our real aim/goal of life. That is why spiritual education is necessary for all of us to understand what should be or priority. There is much technological advancement which we call progress but it will not help us to go back to Godhead. For that we require to chant the holy names of the Lord, hear Krishna Katha in the association of devotees, render devotional service and yearn to be united with the Lord.

  • sumit

    the more people are advancing in technologies to adjust themselves better in this misfit world, proportion of people suffering are increasing. World health Organization statistics tell us that the Number of people with depression, anxiety and mental disorders are increasing. When we take in to consideration all the aborted fetus by the humans in this age, actually our life expectancy would drop to less than 20 years. This is not the advancement we are looking for….. we need to revise our values.. by connecting to higher purpose, then only our parched hearts would find satisfaction. Today people dont want more and more gadgets but real love. The natyre of the soul is to love and be loved.

    • Piyush Singh

      Wonderful details Sumit. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Tulsi Rasika Devi Dasi

    I like the statement that our spiritual life begins with chanting hare krishna and hearing hari katha. Thank you for nice answer. hare krishna.

  • Satish Rane

    wonderful answer by Maharaj. Thank you.

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Instead of getting entangled in material life we should strive to go back to Godhead,our original home.

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