So by nature we should be always engaged in pleasure potency. But then why you are in this miserable condition? This question must arise in human form of life. If it does not, then he has not come to the perfection of human life

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

So by nature we should be always engaged in pleasure potency. But then why you are in this miserable condition? This question must arise in human form of life. If it does not, then he has not come to the perfection of human life. If he thinks that "I am happy," then still he is in animal process of life.

So these three kinds of miserable condition of material existence is going on, either three all at a time or two at a time. At least one must be there. That is our conditional life. And these miseries are offered to us due to our sinful life. That's all. Without sin, nobody suffers. So in the material world every one of us—rich, poor, educated, noneducated, black, white, this, that, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, everyone—everyone is under these threefold miseries. That's a fact. Therefore... But everyone is trying to get out of miseries. That is also another fact.

Nobody wants to suffer. Everyone wants to be very peaceful and prosperous. Why? Because we are originally spiritual spark, part of God, sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha (Bs. 5.1), who is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge. Therefore eternally we are also blissful, although you may be part. Just like the part of gold is gold. So we are small eternal, and God is big eternal. That is the difference, that a big mine of gold and big earring of gold—both of them are gold. The quality, chemical quality, is the same.

So God is by nature ānanda-mayo 'bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). In the Vedānta-sūtra it is said that God is blissful by nature—always enjoying pleasure. Just like here we see Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa is enjoying. He is playing on flute. And Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, His pleasure potency, is there. So this is the perfect picture of God, full of enjoyment. Why God shall be engaged in other things which is not enjoyment?

Therefore ānanda-mayo 'bhyāsāt: He is by nature ānanda-mayo, blissful. Just like we also try to, because we are part and parcel, a small particle of God, we also try to enjoy pleasure in association of young boys, young girls. That is... Why... Wherefrom this idea comes? The idea comes from God. In the Vedānta-sūtra it is said, janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1). Everything, whatever we see, it is coming from Him.

So by nature we should be always engaged in pleasure potency. But then why you are in this miserable condition? This question must arise in human form of life. If it does not, then he has not come to the perfection of human life. If he thinks that "I am happy," then still he is in animal process of life. He has not developed his human consciousness. If he is self-complacent, that "I am happy..." This is the sign of advancement of consciousness. And when he comes to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that means he gives up this material consciousness, unhappy consciousness of material existence, and come to the pleasure platform of Kṛṣṇa. Then his life is perfect.

Therefore we have to change the consciousness. In the material platform, or in material consciousness, we shall be always suffering by the threefold miseries. Just like this thunderbolt. You Americans, you may think that you are the richest nation in the world, but you cannot avoid this thunderbolt. That is not possible. You may have riches more than other countries, but that does not mean there will be no more thunderbolt in your country, there will be no more disease in your country, no more death in your country. These things must be there in material existence, however scientifically or economically you may be advanced.