Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on B.gita, Pittsburgh 1972-Summarized and narrated by HG Dharmavira das

Hare Krishna, prabhujis and Vaishnavis!

This is summary of a lecture given by Srila Prabhupada in Pittsburgh on the 8 September 1972.

This is verse from Bhagavad-gita chapter 2 text 13.

The problem at the present moment is that the people are not educated regarding the vital force within this body. Herein in the Bhagavad-gita it is explained that ‘dehe’ which means the proprietor of the body. This body is given by material nature as our field of activities. With different bodies we are acting differently.

The man’s activity and the dog’s activity are different because they both have different types of bodies. The vital force is within this body and the body is changing from boyhood to youth to old age but the person within the body does not change and this is called the vital force or spirit soul. This is not so difficult to understand and this is how Sri Krishna the Supreme Authority explains the transmigration of the soul from one body to another in the Bhagavad-gita. This view is also supported by medical science that accepts that the body is continually changing. So when this body is old and of no more use we get another body to continue our activities according to our karma.

There are 8,400,000 different species of life and the human species is only 400,000 and most of them are uncivilized. So the civilized human beings are very few. We human beings have an economic problem and we are busy trying to develop eating, sleeping, mating and defending. The animals are also busy for eating, sleeping, mating and defending but they have no such problem.

Then just try to understand that if the major portion of the species have no problem and their necessities of life is being supplied by the Supreme eternal, God. So their economic problem is solved by material nature and they don’t have to go to schools and colleges to learn technology to earn a livelihood. Our advancement of civilisation means that we have created a problem.

We must hear from authority how to solve the economic problems and all this is explained by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita. Three things we must understand to solve our economic problems we have to understand that God is the supreme father, God is the supreme proprietor and God is the supreme friend and all our problems would be solved and we will become peaceful immediately.

We are seeking friends to get help but if we simply accept Sri Krishna as our friend then our friendship problem is solved and if you accept Sri Krishna as the supreme father and supreme proprietor than the whole problem of the world like sociology, religiosity, economic development and politics will be solved.

But instead of accepting this solution we want fame, nice house, good bank balance and many material things to increase our problems in life.

If we understand that we are spiritual in nature and that the body is just a vehicle for understanding the Absolute Truth and the body only requires the basic necessities of life for sustenance then all our problems will be solved.

The spirit soul is the actual person who you are and can never be permanently satisfied by any amount of material opulence, rest assured.

I encourage all of you to carefully read Bhagavad-gita as it is and become totally joyful and understand why you have been born in this world.

Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that this abode of his is not illuminated by the sun or moon nor electricity and anyone who reaches it never comes back to this material world which is full of misery.

Thank you very much!

Hare Krishna!

[From the Lecture on Bhagavad-gītā 2.13, Pittsburgh, September 8, 1972]


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