(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 03 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.8)

close-up of a businessman shaking hands with a businesswomanWhen we turn away from Krsna, we enter into endless material relationships; millions. It starts as a kid, this toy that toy, all these things, “My home. My mother is my slave!”  When you are a child, the universe centers around you, that is it. If things are not exactly the way that you want it, you scream and cry. You demand it. That is the selfishness, self-centeredness!

When we are adults, the self-centeredness is no less, it is exactly the same. We are just a little more sophisticated about it. So we hide behind some generosity, “Can I help you?” When you hate helping other people! I help you so that you are obliged to help me when I need you because I realize that I need some people at times of trouble and therefore, “Oh, how you are you? Are you feeling well? Is your cold getting any better? 

So the next time, when I have a cold, you say, “Oh, Maharaj, are you not well?” In this way, we have a pact. When I go like,”Oh you have a toothache? Is it bad?”

“Yes, very bad. Aaww…aaaww. Oh God, this suffering is so much but I feel so much better. Somebody understands my suffering.”

In this way, we have a pact to support each other’s lamentation. Lament, lament… sympathy, sympathy! Then it is my turn for lament, lament and you give the sympathy, sympathy. This is called love… What can I say: false sentiment!

The truth of the matter is that we are sinful rats. The truth of the matter is that we are selfish, hardhearted creatures and you deserve that cold all the way. You are lucky you can get off light. You criminal, you got diminutive reaction for poking your nose into things that are not your business. You have to suffer from this nose. That is all that is. Stubbornly sinful that is why you are suffering. So that is the truth!


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