(H H Kadamba Kanana Swami, Nove Sady, Czech Republic, 14th March 2012) Lecture: SB 11.5.32

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, (one of our great spiritual masters) once said:

‘Even if a man has all the women in the world he will still not be satisfied.’

And to the women he would say:

‘The perfect dream man doesn’t exist. He doesn’t exist. Sorry, that prince, he will never come! I am very sorry.’

Maybe he’ll come anyway. Let’s be honest he didn’t even look like a prince. So this is how it is in the world where we are never satisfied. When women are frustrated with the men, generally their mood is:

‘Men are useless!’

And with the men, well what shall I say about the men? They are not faithful! So therefore we can see that there is so much glorification in the world, such as love, which is not as nice as it is in the movies!

Anything in this world, such as being rich, for instance someone like Bill Gates, the richest man in the world. Who has ever seen Bill Gates? Has anyone ever seen Bill Gates in public? Does Bill Gates even exist? How do we know? I have never seen a picture of Bill Gates. So like that when you are very rich then you cannot even go out in public, since there are always people who want to kidnap you. When you are very rich then you cannot trust anyone! Everyone is smiling at you, and is after your money. I mean it must be terrible to be rich. One can just imagine of being so isolated from other people. Not that we want to be poor, but we are not poor. Nobody is so skinny. Everyone looks like they are doing okay. We could use a bit more but there is never an end to it. When you have more of something, then you still want something more. So in this way we can’t seem to find satisfaction in this material world.

It’s like me and my secretary, have been travelling worldwide for a year and we travel all the time from place to place. And sometimes you get into a particular state of mind:

‘Well only two more days and then it’s time to go to the next place.’

Then you arrive at the next place and you say:

‘Well only three more days before I go to the next place.’

And at each time you think:

‘It’s not so nice here, and it’s not so nice there.’

It’s too hot, too cold, it’s too this and it’s too that. Sometimes the bed is too hard and at other times the bed is too soft. Sometimes the blanket is too short, and the last time the blanket was enormous! In New York it was such a big blanket, that the through the entire night I was fighting with the blanket. So it’s like that in the material world. Who has it perfect? Who can say:

‘Oh my life is perfect!’

It’s like we just have to accept it as it is. At a program I once asked the public:

‘Is there anybody out there who has it all under control?’

And one man raised his hand and he had a band-aid on his finger! What can you say? You kind of have to accept things as they come, and try to make it a little bit better…

People have seen that no matter what you do, you really can’t be satisfied in the material world! When they are fortunate and get some knowledge then they will be able to understand that real satisfaction comes from yoga! Yoga means to add Krishna to your life, to connect with the Supreme Lord

‘yoginām api sarveṣāṁ
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ,’ (Bg, 6.47)

Krishna says:

‘The topmost yogi is he who connects with me!’

So this will make a difference!

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