Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s lecture at Harvard University

An excerpt of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s lecture at Harvard University on 24 December 1969. Link to download the full speech [pdf file] is at the end.

This materialistic  life means  full  of  anxiety  always.  And  spiritual  life means without this anxiety. Just the opposite. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma. And what is the symptom of being joyful?  That  is  also  stated:  na  socati  na  kanksati.  There  is  no  lamentation  or  loss,  and  there  is  no hankering  for gain. Everyone  in  this material world  is hankering after some gain. And  if you have got some  gain,  if  it  is  lost,  then  he’s  lamenting,  “Oh,  I  have  lost  so  much.”  So  these  two  business… Hankering, when we do not possess, we hanker. And when we possess,  it  is  lost. Because everything… The material waves are such that whatever we possess, we shall lose it. We have got this nice body, one day we have to lose it. Everything. You possess and lose, possess and lose. Therefore the…, punah punas car…,  the  same  thing  repeatedly:  gaining  and  losing,  and  lamenting  and  hankering,  lamenting  and hankering. This is the position of material life.

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