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The Real Solution is Krsna Consciousness  (3-24-08)

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About the proper use of technology for spiritually minded people, environmentalism, animal rights and socially acceptable preaching




Srila Prabhupada’s Preface to Srimad Bhagavatam:

We must know the present need of human society. And what is that need? Human society is no longer bounded by geographical limits to particular countries or communities. Human society is broader than in the Middle Ages, and the world tendency is toward one state or one human society. The ideals of spiritual communism, according to Srimad-Bhagavatam, are based more or less on the oneness of the entire human society, nay, of the entire energy of living beings. The need is felt by great thinkers to make this a successful ideology. Srimad-Bhagavatam will fill this need in human society. It begins, therefore, with the aphorism of Vedanta philosophy janmady asya yatah [SB 1.1.1] to establish the ideal of a common cause.

Human society, at the present moment, is not in the darkness of oblivion. It has made rapid progress in the field of material comforts, education and economic development throughout the entire world. But there is a pinprick somewhere in the social body at large, and therefore there are large-scale quarrels, even over less important issues. There is need of a clue as to how humanity can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity with a common cause. Srimad-Bhagavatam will fill this need, for it is a cultural presentation for the respiritualization of the entire human society.

(SB Preface)


Some points from the lecture:

-          Is it possible to balance technological development with spiritual and moral development so that appropriate technology can be used for the comfort of spiritually minded people and not be an instrument for mindless greed? Environmentalists need to be aware of that.

-          An organic world without Krsna Consciousness is useless. Without Krsna Consciousness these others programs won’t save the world. The essence is Krsna Consciousness, but we have to teach it in socially acceptable ways. Are we a movement or a spiritual institution? We have to be mature and at the same time mobile. 

-          Every law in the world  is an imposition of value judgments. 




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