Fools' Enjoyment

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking to the devotees in London
7 August, 2011, part 5


Anyhow one day we will go. It is inevitable. Gurudev said, "Why wait for next life?" We are foolish because we are waiting for next life. We think, "Oh, we are enjoying!" but Gurudev said that where you were an elephant, you ate many banana trees, when you were a pig, you ate much stool, but you are still hungry now. Now you are waiting for your two hundred grams of rice...

Why should you wait for next life? Only those who are foolish wait to be born in next life. Life is passing as we are busy with some material enjoyment, and we think that when we become old, then we can do something spiritual. But when we get old, we will have no teeth, we will not hear well, we will not see well—all our instruments (ears, eyes, teeth, etc.) will become tired...

When people are young, they think, "Oh, now is the time to enjoy! This time is not for bhajan (not for worshipping the Lord, not for Krishna consciousness). We must enjoy while we are young, and when we become old, then we will do bhajan." They are FOOLISH! They cannot understand that they can go at any time—they can change their body at any time. Such people are foolish, they only think about themselves and their own enjoyment...

আত্মেন্দ্রিয়প্রীতি-বাঞ্ছা—তারে বলি 'কাম' ।
কষ্ণেন্দ্রিয়প্রীতি-ইচ্ছা ধরে 'প্রেম' নাম ॥

atmendriya-priti-vancha—tare bali 'kama'
krsnendriya-priti-ichchha dhare 'prema' nama

"The desire to gratify one's own senses is kama (lust), but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is prema (love)."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 4.165)

The devotees also enjoy, but they do not enjoy for themselves—for whom? They enjoy for the Lord, for the Guru, for Krishna, Gauranga, Nityananda! Non-devotees pursue their own enjoyment in material life—they enjoy, but such enjoyment is not permanent, it is temporary; but when devotees enjoy, their enjoyment is permanent.


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