We are not subjected to birth and death, but we are. Why we are subjected to birth and death? This question was raised by Sanātana Gosvāmī to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. "Ke āmi", "kene āmāya jāre tāpa-traya" (CC Madhya 20.102): "I am not subjected . . . I do not want all these miserable condition of life, but why I am forced to accept it?" This is the question of life, athāto brahma jijñāsā.
But people are not interested. That is not very good civilization. They do not inquire the prime necessities of life. They do not inquire, "Why shall I die? If I am nitya, if I am eternal, śāśvataḥ, purāṇaḥ, the oldest"—na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre "if I do not die, if I am not annihilated after the death, after annihilation of this body, then why my body is annihilated? Why I am subjected to birth, death?" This is the problem.
- (BG 13.9)
But we are not inquisitive. This is our foolishness. Mūḍhā. They do not know what is the problem of life. They are fighting in politics. Politics-created problems. There is everything . . . one party is thinking that, "If I am the government, I shall make everything all right." But nobody knows the real problem, so they are fighting—all over the world. When I was (in) Rome, the same thing. There was a fighting between the Fascists and the Communists, and immediately, six person died by fighting. This is going on in ignorance. Mūḍhā. They do not know what is the problem of life, and unnecessarily they are creating temporary problems and fighting on them. They do not know what is Kṛṣṇa.
Therefore this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is the supermost enlightening movement to the human society. Supermost. They are putting actually what is this problem, and solution of the problem. Solution of the problem means . . . real problem is birth, death, old age and disease. So solution of problem means that if you don’t get this material body, then this is the solution.