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People are giving stress only to the Darwin's theory. But in the Vedic literature we have got immense information of this living condition in this material world

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Darwin's theory, evolution of the organic matter, they are very much prominent in the educational institutions. But there is Padma Purāṇa and other authoritative Vedic scriptures. They give the magnitude of the living entity. They have different forms of body. How they are evolving one after another—everything is there. It is not a new thing. But people are giving stress only to the Darwin's theory. But in the Vedic literature we have got immense information of this living condition in this material world.


Engagement Lecture -- Buffalo, April 23, 1969:

Nobody can trace out the history when we, the conditioned soul, accepted this material body. And deha-bhājām means that anyone who has accepted this material body. Not only we . . . there are 8,400,000 different forms of living entities. Nine hundred thousand species of living entities in the water. Similarly, two millions species of life in the plants and vegetables. In this way, on the total, there are 8,400,000's of species of life.

Unfortunately, this Vedic knowledge is not instructed in any university. But these are fact. They should try . . . if they are very much inquisitive to make research work, now let them research away how the Vedic knowledge says that there 8,400,000's of species of life. Let the botanists, let the anthropologists, or so many—there are department of knowledge—let them research out.

Darwin's theory, evolution of the organic matter, they are very much prominent in the educational institution. But there is Padma Purāṇa and others authoritative Vedic scriptures, they give the magnitude of the living entity. They have different forms of body. How they are evolving one after another—everything is there. It is not a new thing. But people are giving stress only to the Darwin's theory. But in the Vedic literature we have got immense information of this living condition in this material world.

So apart from that, here it is said, deha-bhājām. Deha-bhājām means "Those who have accepted this material body." That means there are some . . . not some, there are many who have not accepted this material body. But we have no experience who has not accepted this material body, in this material world. That is there in the spiritual world.

These living entities, innumerable living entities in so many universes in the material world or material universe or material nature, they are only fractional portion of all living entities. Only a fractional portion. Because they are condemned. Those who are in this material world, with this material body, they are condemned. Just like you take another example: just like in the prison house.

The prison house, the population in the prison house, they are condemned by the government. But their number is only fraction out of the whole population, not that whole population of the state goes to the prison house. Some criminals who are disobedient to the laws of the state, they are put into the prison house under confinement.

Similarly, these conditioned souls within this material world, they are only fractional portion of the whole living enti . . . number of living entities in the creation of God, and because they have disobeyed or declined to obey or abide by the orders of Kṛṣṇa, or God, they have been put into this material world.

Now, the problem is, if one is sensible, if one is inquisitive and serious, he should try to understand that, "Why I am put into this material conditional life?" That should be the inquiry. This is called brahma-jijñāsā. In the Vedānta-sūtra this is the first inquiry, that people should be educated to that standard of life when he will be inquisitive to know, "Why I am put into this conditional life? What is the condition? I do not wish to suffer."

There are three kinds of sufferings—many times I have explained—they are called ādhyātmika, ādhibhautika, ādhidaivika. Ādhyātmika sufferings means pertaining to this body and mind. Suppose I have got some pain here today. This is bodily suffering. Or my mind is not in . . . or it will be bad. I am not . . .

(break) Just like animals. Animals, they are always in suffering, but they do not mind it.