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So long you are in the Bodily Concept of Life, you are No Better Than the Animal - Prabhupada 0971

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So long you are in the Bodily Concept of Life, you are No Better Than the Animal The yogīs, they are also trying to understand by bodily exercise. The jnanī is also trying to know, understand fully that "I am not this body." And the karmīs, they cannot understand. They are as animals. The animals cannot understand that he's not body. So factually the karmīs, jnanīs, yogīs, are a little, maybe elevated than the animals. That's all. They are on the animal platform, but it is little elevated. So I give this example-perhaps you heard it-that the dry side of the stool. India, they pass stool on the open field. So at the end of day, because there is sunshine, the upper side of the stool becomes dried up. And the lower side, still moist. So somebody says, "This side is very good." (laughter) He does not know. It is stool after all. (laughter) This side, or that side. So these rascals, they are on the bodily concept of life, and they are thinking that "I am nationalist," "I am yogi," "I am this, I am that, I am that..." You see. This is the philosophy. So long you are in the bodily concept of life, you are no better than the animal. That is the Bhāgavata philosophy. You are animal. Yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke. Yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātuke sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu bhauma ijya-dhīḥ yat-tīrtha-buddhiḥ salile na karhicij janeṣv abhijñeṣu sa eva go-kharaḥ (SB 10.84.13). So go-kharaḥ means, go means cow, kharaḥ means ass. Animals. So who is that? Now yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhātu. This bag of tri-dhātu - kapha pitta vāyu - if one thinks that "I am this body, I am this body, and, in bodily relation,..." Because in bodily relation I have got my family, society, children, wife, country, and therefore they are mine. So yasyātma-buddhiḥ kuṇape tri-dhā..., sva-dhīḥ. Sva-dhīḥ means thinking: "They are mine. I am theirs." Sva-dhīḥ kalatrādiṣu. Kalatra means wife. Through wife, we get children, we expand. The Sanskrit word is strī. Strī means expansion. I remain one. As soon as I get wife, I get, become two. Then three, then four, then five. Like that. That is called strī. So, our expansion, these expansions, these material expansion, bodily expansion, means illusion. Janasya moho 'yam ahaṁ mameti (SB 5.5.8). This illusion increases, that "I am this body, and in bodily relation, everything is mine." Ahaṁ mama. Ahaṁ means "I", and mama means "my."

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Country: United States
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Posted by: vanimedia on Dec 25, 2014

Prabhupada speaks during a Bhagavad-gita Lecture part 4 in New York - April, 1973

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