(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 04 December 2016, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.41)

In this verse, we are reading about how the living entity in the embodied state is interacting with the material energy. Through the material senses, the living entity is experiencing material “rasa”. This is really the purpose of our material existence, to try and taste “rasa” because the soul by nature is meant to relish or taste varieties of “rasa”.

Now this tendency for “rasa” has become perverted and thus in the material world, we are interacting with the material energy trying to squeeze out a few drops of material pleasure. It is very difficult because this material energy is basically designed to frustrate us. The script is the same!

You can change the characters in script… you can change their names… you can change the names of places… you can go to valleys or to the top of mountains but the essence of the script is to squeeze out a few drops of enjoyment and the result is that one becomes frustrated! Whether on top of the mountain or in a valley… whether on this side of the ocean or the other, frustrated we will be in different ways. It is like that! Whether married or whether unmarried, still not fulfilled! Fulfillment cannot be found on the material plane.

Of course, once Krsna comes into the equation, everything changes. Srila Prabhupada was closely communicating with the son of Rupanuga, his name was Ekendra and Ekendra took a great liking to Srila Prabhupada and always stayed in touch with him on a personal level. So he wrote Prabhupada a letter about having to learn mathematics and then Prabhupada said, “5 + 5 is 10, 2 + 2 is 4, and everything plus Krsna is Vrindavan!”

Such a simple formula but an amazing one because that is the nature of the sankirtan movement and that is the nature of Krsna, that when Krsna is added everything becomes transcendental! Because ultimately the root of material existence is spiritual in the first place.

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