Eating, Sleeping, Mating, & Defending

By improving the method of eating, sleeping, mating, and defending one does not come to human life. A person sleeps and a dog sleeps. So because a person sleeps in a very nice apartment, that does not mean he’s advanced more than the dog. The business is sleeping. That’s all. Because humans have discovered atomic weapon for defending, and dogs have their nails and teeth, does not make humans categorically better. You cannot say that, “Because I have got this atomic bomb, I can conquer the whole world, and therefore I am better.” You can defend in your own way, and the dog can also defend in his own way.

The business is same: defending. So a gorgeous method of defending, a gorgeous method of eating, a gorgeous method of sleeping, and a gorgeous method of sex life does not make a nation or a person advanced. That is not advancement. That is the same thing – the animal qualities in a polished way. That does not make the human society advanced. That may be called polished animalism. That’s all. One becomes categorically advanced when using one’s time and energy for something different, more sophisticated than eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, something like spiritual development.


Srila Prabhupada

1 September 1896 – 14 November 1977. The founder and the spiritual guide (the acharya) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

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