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’i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){">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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