Simple living we see– is not so simple to understand

July 25, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Sept 16 1972 LA
So we are advancing in science, but at the same time, the so-called science, at the same timewe are creating many disadvantages. Many disadvantages. From practical experience I say that when I came to your country… In India it is very difficult to get a telephone. You have to wait in the waiting list at least for two years or you have to bribe the authorities, say, five thousand, two thousand, like that. So when I got this facility of telephone… Because as soon as I deposited forty dollars… Forty dollars? The next day the telephone was in my room. So I was very glad. But after getting my telephone, I was disturbed always. (laughter) Some of my students asking, phoning me, (telephone sound) cling, cling, and “Swamiji, how you are feeling?” At twelve o’clock at night. (laughter). Yes. So I asked him, it is the time to inquire? I am very sorry. Not only one, I become so much disturbed. Then I asked them, get out this telephone. Yes.
So try to understand. The so-called facility of the modern science means creating so many difficulties also. That is the position.
(Note-Srila Prabhupada hardly ever used the phone, yet he organized a worldwide movement simply by letters to disciples)

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All we need– is 4 chapatis and 6 feet of floor
1.) Foolish work(Ugra Karma) makes one toil too hard-and without that- still we can daily eat only a few chapatis
2.) We work so hard (for that big/expensive house) but we all need is only 6 feet to lay down on at night.
3.) The tendency NOT to work so hard (for maya) is– a spiritual tendency.

1.) Brahma Samhita lecture- NY july 31 1971

So Prahlāda Mahārāja was very much sympathetic that “I am simply anxious for these rascals who have created a humbug civilization for temporary happiness,” māyā-sukhāya. Māyā-sukhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhān [SB 7.9.43].They have created ugra karma. This is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, ugra karma.
Huge factory, day and night melting iron, and they are working, working. The special technologies, getting some money, they’re happy. They do not know how they’re wasting their valuable life. This is called māyā. Why so much work? Why you are working so hard? Do you think if you’ll get hundred dollars per day you can eat more capātīs than myself? (laughter). Rascal does not know that he will eat the same number of capātīs, four or five or six, but he’ll work so hard. So we are the best intelligent class. We don’t work, but we get our capātīs. (laughter) Let the rascal work, but we get our capātīs. Māyā-sukhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhan [SB 7.9.43].

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Prabhupada: Twenty-five percent of the land. Suppose we owned the
twenty-five percent of the whole world, but at the time of occupying
the land I require only six feet? That’s all. So they…, is he not
ass? He knows that “I want only six feet land to lie down. Why I am
trying to acquire the whole world? And working so hard?” That is ass.
Similarly, I’m so working hard. What I am eating? Perhaps I am not
eating. When I come home, I take a piece of bread and a cup of tea,
bas, finished. But he does not think “Why am I working hard? I am not
eating more. I am not occupying more place. I cannot enjoy fully sense
gra…” Simply an idea: “More money, more money, more money.”
Therefore he’s ass. Ass does not enjoy life, but works very hard. We
have got… Several times explained. In India, the washermen keep an
ass, and the ass bears ten tons of loads on the backside and goes to
the ghata, for washing ghata. And he is let loose there, and a morsel
of grass, a little, few pieces of grass. And he’s eating there,
standing, for again returning with ten tons of load. He is given
freedom. He does not think that “Why shall I work so hard? This grass
is available everywhere. I can go. Why I am working for this
washerman?” But he has no sense. Therefore he is called ass.
Similarly, all these karmis, they are working so hard, but they are
eating, say, two pieces of bread and a cup of tea or milk. That’s all.
Or something else. They have been collared.
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Just like in the prison house you have to work. Eh? So
they think this working is civilization. This is avidya. So therefore
they have created more work. From early morning, five o’clock, till
ten o’clock, simply working. They do not know that “This working is
our punishment.” But because ignorant, they think that “Working is
life.” This is called ignorance. He does not know, “This working is my
How to get out of this work?” No. To increase the work
more, complicate, that is civilization. This is called avidya.
Avidya-karma-samjnanya.Our tendency is not to work but get things.
Therefore he has asked that question. Because he has to get cloth by
working, therefore he asking,
“Why God has not created?” That means
tendency is not to work. That is spiritual tendency. Everything,
necessities, automatically available. That is our… Therefore as soon
as one man becomes rich, he does not work. He gets his thing by
working others.
The tendency is there, to retire from work. They go to
a solitary place. They retire. They do not go out. Weekly, at least,
they want to stop worker, working.
So why this tendency? He does not
want to die. He does not want to work. This is spiritual.Why man
should work like…
Therefore real civilization is that minimize work.
Minimize work, save time, and go back to your spiritual life. That is
civilization. And this is not civilization, to get the necessities of
life, sense gratification, and work like hog and dog. That is