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Prahlada Teachings From Srimad Bhagavad Purana

A collection of teachings of Prahlada from Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

Materialistic persons are simply mulling over that which has already been mulled and chewing that which has already been chewed. Because their senses are not controlled they are proceeding towards the dreadful hell of this material existence, repeatedly trying to enjoy that which has already been consumed. The intelligence of such materially attached persons can neither be turned towards Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu by their own endeavor, by the instruction of others, or by the association of similar materialistic persons.

Those whose consciousness is not fixed on Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu but on other things, they will not be able to understand what is the goal of their life and what is in their self-interest. The real self-interest is to engage in Hari-Bhajana. Their problem is that they have uncontrolled senses, they have taken a vow to remain in this world and somehow find happiness. Following their uncontrolled senses they are chewing something which has already being chewed. There is no real enjoyment or rasa in this world, but we are very foolish that we are endeavoring so hard to get to get one drop of happiness. Following this path they are going toward the darkest region of ignorance and they will go to hell and suffer their reactions.

Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, and who have therefore accepted as their leader or guru a similar blind man attached to external sense objects, cannot understand that the goal of life is to give up this material life and engage in the service of Bhagavan Vishnu. As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of fruitive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries.

They don’t know that their real self-interest, the ultimate goal of life, is to worship Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. Instead they place all their false hopes in trying to enjoy this world and place all their hopes in material things. They are blind and they are following other similar blind persons and the result is that they will fall in the ditch.

One who is sufficiently intelligent should use the human form of body from the very beginning of life to practice the activities of devotional service, giving up all other engagements. The human body is most rarely achieved, and although temporary like other bodies, it is meaningful because in human life one can perform devotional service. Even a slight amount of sincere devotional service can give one complete perfection.

If you want to be happy, then practice bhakti-yoga, devotional service, to Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu.