Unemployment – Defect of the modern civilization

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Srila Prabhupada assessed any situation with utmost clarity and on the platform of truth. Here is just one example of his great ability to clearly see things for what they are in an instant…while others (collectively) may take decades to grasp fully.

Srila Prabhupada said in 1977

“Because the education was very high, Vedic education. Satisfied with Brahman realization. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma [Bg. 18.54]. Not very long ago, say about 300 years ago, there was a brahmana, a very rigid brahmana, in Krsna-nagara, near our Mayapura. And brahmana’s business, he was teaching. So the king of that place, means a big zamindar, Raja Krsna-candra … By his name, that place is Krsna-nagara. So he heard about the brahmana, very learned brahmana, but very poor. So he one day came to him and asked him, “Brahmana, can I help you any way?” So he said, “No, I don’t require any help from you.”

“No, I see you are so poverty-stricken. You have no sufficient means.” “No, I am not poverty-stricken. My students, they get some alms of rice. So my wife boils the rice, and here is a tamarind tree. So I take some leaves and boil it, and that’s sufficient. Why I am poverty-stricken?” He’s satisfied, whatever is coming automatically, that’s all. He doesn’t require any higher standard of life, any botheration. He is satisfied, little rice and tamarind juice. That’s all. So in each and every home, formerly, this independence was very much valued. So at the modern education this independence is being killed. People are becoming unemployed, machine. Machine … High technologist means he must find out a job where technological machines are there. Otherwise he will starve, and he will have to go round, factory to factory: “Will you give me some service?” “No vacancy.”

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.18-19 – Bombay, March 23, 1977, At Cross Maidan Pandal)”

 

 

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