Srimad Bhagavatam 11.07.28 - If You are Krishna Conscious then Nothing Can Bewilder You (download mp3)
by Guru Prasad Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
tvam tu kalpah kavir daksah
na karta nehase kiñcij
You, however, although capable, learned, expert, handsome and most eloquent, are not engaged in doing anything, nor do you desire anything; rather, you appear stupefied and maddened as if you were a ghostly creature.
Ignorant persons often think that renounced spiritual life is meant for those who are impotent or homely or incompetent in practical worldly affairs. Sometimes foolish people say that religious life is a crutch for those who are not expert enough to achieve a high status in society. Therefore King Yadu has described the qualities of the mendicant brahmana in order to show that the brahmana has taken to renounced spiritual life in spite of great potential for worldly success. The avadhuta brahmana is described as being expert, learned, good-looking, eloquent and in every sense qualified to be a great material success. Still, the avadhuta has renounced material life and taken to Krsna consciousness. Going back home, back to Godhead, for an eternal life of bliss and knowledge is the real work of a human being.
The followers of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu simultaneously cultivate their own Krsna consciousness and strenuously endeavor in missionary work to help others become Krsna conscious. Often foolish persons deride the devotees by saying, “Why don’t you get a job?” They think that one who is sincerely endeavoring for spiritual enlightenment and who is also enlightening others is not doing anything practical. Foolish materialists will pay millions of dollars to extend their lives by a few weeks or months in a hospital, but they do not appreciate someone endeavoring for eternal life. There is no actual logic in material life. The act of trying to enjoy without Krsna is in itself the culmination of irrationality, and thus we cannot expect to find anything ultimately rational or logical in a materialistic life devoid of Krsna consciousness. Many devotees of Krsna come from wealthy, learned and influential families, and they take to Krsna consciousness in order to perfect their lives, and certainly not due to lack of opportunity for material advancement. Although sometimes persons in material distress approach the Supreme Lord for help in material life, a real devotee of Lord Krsna voluntarily gives up all types of material enjoyment, knowing that nothing but love of Krsna and service to His lotus feet are the actual perfection of life.