Dynamics of Household Life

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.60.53 - Dynamics of Household Life (download mp3)
by Akincana Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.60.53
mam prapya maniny apavarga-sampadam
 vaƱchanti ye sampada eva tat-patim
te manda-bhaga niraye ’pi ye nrnam
 matratmakatvat nirayah su-sangamah

O supreme reservoir of love, unfortunate are they who even after obtaining Me, the Lord of both liberation and material riches, hanker only for material treasures. These worldly gains can be found even in hell. Since such persons are obsessed with sense gratification, hell is a fitting place for them.


It stands to reason that since Lord Krsna is the source of all pleasure and all opulence, He Himself is the supreme pleasure and the most opulent. Therefore our real self-interest is to always engage in the loving service of Lord Krsna. As Prahlada Maharaja says (Bhag. 7.5.31), na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum: “The ignorant do not know that their actual self-interest lies in attaining the Supreme Lord, Visnu [Krsna].”

According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, one can easily obtain female association and other sense pleasures even in hell. We have practical experience that even such creatures as hogs, dogs and pigeons have ample opportunity to enjoy sex. It is unfortunate that modern human beings, who have a golden opportunity to become Krsna conscious, prefer to enjoy like dogs and cats. And this goes on in the name of material progress.