Co-operation is a Result of Gratitude
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.21-22 - Co-operation is a Result of Gratitude (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Rohininandan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kusidam turyam ucyate
varta catur-vidha tatra
vayam go-vrttayo ’nisam
The occupational duties of the vaisya are conceived in four divisions: farming, commerce, cow protection and moneylending. Out of these, we as a community are always engaged in cow protection.
sattvam rajas tama iti
anyonyam vividham jagat
The causes of creation, maintenance and destruction are the three modes of nature — namely goodness, passion and ignorance. In particular, the mode of passion creates this universe and through sexual combination causes it to become full of variety.
Anticipating the possible objection that a livelihood based on cows certainly depends on Lord Indra, who supplies rain, Lord Krsna here introduces a mechanistic theory of existence known as atheistic Sankhya. The tendency to attribute exclusive causality to the apparently mechanistic functions of nature is an old tendency indeed. Five thousand years ago Lord Krsna referred to a doctrine already well known in human society.