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Fancy Living, Shallow Thinking

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 1 November 2020, part 6

 

Question: How should we understand why this covid-19 is happening?

This is the age of Kali, and such disturbances happen from time to time, every hundred years or so. In fact, the scriptures have told that so much disturbance, so many things will come in this age, so, anyhow, there are so many bad things happening in this world.

Krishna wants to teach something to those who do not follow proper Krishna consciousness. People live like cats and dogs—they use their life for animal enjoyment and have no appreciation, no time to respect sadhus and to follow Krishna consciousness. They do not have any deep feeling for such things.

All the great scholars, all the great rishis, sadhus, all the Vedas, Vedanta, and all other scriptures including Srimad Bhagavatam tell us about devotion to Lord Krishna and how to attain it. Yet, we have no faith in that. We have no time to read about it—we always think about our body and everything related to this body. Now Krishna is showing that to us. Many great doctors, many great personalities of this mundane world who are very proud of their education have died. A small virus can demolish all ego. It is time people understand this.

People must awaken deep appreciation for Krishna consciousness. It is necessary to realise this deeply. We should understand that people have so much ego—people are proud of their money, cars, home, wife, husband, parents, children, and so on. It is very difficult for them to come to Krishna consciousness. How many per cent of people come to Krishna consciousness? Very few. Not even 0.00001% of this world come to Krishna consciousness, and they do not think about the highest things, they do not think what is the Original Source, what is their own things, what is their real wealth.

Foolish people who were born in India want to go abroad for the sake of some dollars—people roam around foreign countries searching for dollars; whereas some good scholars, some highly qualified Vaishnavs, like our Gurudev and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Srila Prabhupad, go door to door distributing Indian wealth all over the world. If people get taste of that, if they feel and appreciate this taste, then they will leave their ego, they will leave their pride, etc. and surrender properly to the Lord. The problem is that people do not have such appreciation. That is why, by the will of Lord Krishna, some pandemic situation has come and because of the lockdown everything automatically stopped, everything closed.

If you read and understand Srimad Bhagavatam, you will get real happiness and your hunger will be satiated. If you get proper taste through reading Srimad Bhagavatam and through the lectures of Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Gurudev, if you understand what they are telling, then all your hunger, all your material feelings, all kinds of bad material elements will be removed from you.

We always want mercy, mercy, mercy, but we have no place to keep that mercy. We should keep some place for the Lord. Our hearts, our minds are always full of material desires for kanak (wealth), kamini (ladies), pratistha (name and fame). We do not keep even some small place for our Gurudev, we do not keep any place for the Lord who has given me this birth. Who am I? I am a part and parcel of the Absolute, but this feeling does not come to us. We think we are the body, this is our feeling.

Then, this pandemic situation makes us remember many things. When we are getting much austerity, as in this situation, then we think, "O Krishna!", "O Lord!", "O Jesus!", "Why are we suffering?", "When will all this finish?" etc. It is necessary to be conscious of all this.

 

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