Why the great need to simplify ones life, Srila Prabhupada kindly explains

September 8, 2018 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 2.2.26 purportFor a common man, both modern science and Vedic wisdom are simply to be accepted because none of the statements either of modern science or of Vedic literature can be verified by himThe alternative for a common man is to believe either of them or both of them. The Vedic way of understanding, however, is more authentic because it has been accepted by the ācāryas, who are not only faithful and learned men, but are also liberated souls without any of the flaws of conditioned souls. The modern scientists, however, are conditioned souls liable to so many errors and mistakes; therefore the safe side is to accept the authentic version of Vedic literatures, like Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, which is accepted unanimously by the great ācāryas.
SB 2.2.36 purport...When the human being gives up the process of hearing about the all-pervading Personality of Godhead, he becomes victim to hearing rubbish transmitted by man-made machines. Machinery is not bad because through the machine one can take advantage of hearing about the Lord, but because machinery is used for ulterior purposes, it is creating rapid degradation in the standard of human civilization. It is said here that it is incumbent upon the human beings to hear because the scriptures like Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam are made for that purpose. Living beings other than human beings have no ability to hear such Vedic literatures. If human society gives itself to the process of hearing the Vedic literature, it will not become a victim to the impious sounds vibrated by impious men who degrade the standards of the total society. Hearing is solidified by the process of chanting. One who has perfectly heard from the perfect source becomes convinced about the all-pervading Personality of Godhead and thus becomes enthusiastic in glorifying the Lord. All the great ācāryas, like Rāmānuja, Madhva, Caitanya, Sarasvatī Ṭhākura or even, in other countries, Muhammad, Christ and others, have all extensively glorified the Lord by chanting always and in every place.

SB 2.2.37 purport... The human necessities of life are fully supplied by the Lord in the shape of food grains, milk, fruit, wood, stone, sugar, silk, jewels, cotton, salt, water, vegetables, etc., in sufficient quantity to feed and care for the human race of the world as well as the living beings on each and every planet within the universe. The supply source is complete, and only a little energy by the human being is required to get his necessities into the proper channel. There is no need of machines and tools or huge steel plants for artificially creating comforts of life. Life is never made comfortable by artificial needs, but by plain living and high thinking.
…Thus by the process of bhakti-yoga, directly accepted, as suggested in this verse, by sufficient hearing of the transcendental message of the Lord, the material contamination is directly eliminated without one’s attempting to contemplate the impersonal virāṭ conception of the Lord. And by practicing bhakti-yoga, if the performer is not purified from the material contamination, he must be a pseudo-devotee. For such an imposter there is no remedy for being freed from material entanglement.
Some Conclusions– Prabhupada explains above that modern man has two sources of information. The modern scientific approach, which  99.9% of the humans believe, or the Vedic approach which most do not believe. In order to go forward in material life, you must believe in at least one of them, or if you are a little more lucky you believe in both of them, and if you are very fortunate you believe only in the Vedic process coming from liberated Acaryas and Krsna Himself.
In the next  purport Prabhupada explains that due to hearing from the wrong sources human society rapidly degrades itself due to the quickness of the machines themselves. Just look around you anywhere you go today,  and see how many people are glued to their cell phones, even when they are not supposed to, like when driving an automobile.  And what is the result of this misplaced attachment for hearing? The Psychiatrists  and Psychologists of today are seeing from all their studies  new mental diseases coming along due to the habit forming addiction to cell phone use. People are becoming addicted to these machines, and it makes them crazy in so many ways. As Srila Prabhupada says above….”Life is never made comfortable by artificial needs, but by plain living and high thinking.”
And on the other hand…. Srila.Prabhupada explains the solution…..
“The human necessities of life are fully supplied by the Lord in the shape of food grains, milk, fruit, wood, stone, sugar, silk, jewels, cotton, salt, water, vegetables, etc., in sufficient quantity to feed and care for the human race of the world…”
So even the so called scientists admit modern life with all their machines is causing much  damage to human society, but they cannot give them up because they misuse the hearing capacity given to each human being by God. But if the devotee gives aural reception on a regular basis to the sounds emanated by liberated souls, then he will get free from all material contamination, starting with being able to change his or her lifestyle to one of “simple living and high thinking” -the original and only plan given by Krsna Himself and followed by Krsna Himself when He  manifested Himself on this planet.
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das
some pic’s from the gardens produce out back this summer….